The last time New York state’s gun laws were tightened, public service posters proclaimed, "Guns=Prison." In 2006, says the New York Times, the mandatory prison sentence was increased to 3.5 years from one year. In 2011, fewer than half the defendants arrested for illegal possession of a loaded gun in New York City went to prison. John Feinblatt, the mayor's criminal justice coordinator, said, the prison rate formerly was 28 percent, and added, "We've made a lot of progress."
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