Could piecemeal gun manage measures have stopped North Philly gunman?


It is not
clear how lots of weapons 36-year-old gunman Maurice Hill had — or exactly where he got
them — when he fired hundreds of rounds Thursday evening, injuring at least six
police officers in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood.

What is
clear is that his in depth criminal history ought to have prevented Hill from
owning a gun.

Commissioner Richard Ross confirmed Thursday that Hill most likely utilized an AR-15
assault rifle. He also had a handgun, which was in his pocket when he
surrendered to police late Wednesday evening following a seven-hour standoff. 
Beyond that, Ross stated, officers will have to wait till they get access to
the developing exactly where the incident occurred. As of Thursday afternoon, they had
not gotten in, he stated, mainly because the tear gas police deployed the evening prior to
had not but dissipated.

back to 2001, when he turned 18, Hill’s criminal record contains dozens of
charges ranging from narcotics possession, to kidnapping and attempted murder.
He was convicted of felonies for aggravated assault and perjury.

In 2002,
Hill pleaded guilty to 4 firearms violations, which includes carrying a firearm
without the need of a license, in a public spot, and without the need of a serial quantity, and was
sentenced to a minimum of nine and a maximum of 18 months in prison, plus two
years’ probation. He was charged more than the years with at least 20 other firearms
violations, which had been either adjudicated or not pursued by the District
Attorney’s Workplace.

A profile like this is not uncommon. According to the FBI, of the much more than 530 persons who killed police officers involving 2009 and 2018, 40% had been arrested for weapons offenses.

Neighborhood and state officials have place forward a variety of initiatives in current months developed to hold guns out of the hands of these who shouldn’t be permitted to have them. In June, Mayor Jim Kenney announced that 47 diverse neighborhood groups would get a total of $700,000 from the city’s Workplace of Violence Prevention to combat neighborhood violence. [Read More]


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