(STATEHOUSE) - A bill to jack up criminal sentences for gun crimes has cleared another legislative hurdle and is headed for the House floor.
Indianapolis legislators and Mayor Greg Ballard began pushing for a mandatory extra sentence of up to 20 years after a wave of home-invasion robberies last fall. Ballard says three-quarters of Indy's homicides are committed by people with prior convictions for crimes against others -- he says existing law allows those people to return to the streets too quickly.
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