King County Prosecutor Aims For Tougher Gun Penalties For Kids

Nov 30, 2012

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is pushing for tougher penalties for kids that commit crimes with guns in Washington state.  Under current rules a judge can call for detention for up to 30 days for the first gun offense.  Under the proposed change, juvenile offenders would get a mandatory 10 days in detention after the first offense.

Satterberg’s allies in the fight include two forces that are usually opposed:  gun rights groups and gun control groups. But critics of the proposal say mandatory minimums are not the solution. Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington lecturer, Kimberly Ambrose, about why she opposes the change.