Bartley-Fox gun sentencing study
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Bartley-Fox gun sentencing study final report by William M. Holmes

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Published by Statistical Analysis Center, Massachusetts Committee on Criminal Justice in Boston, MA (100 Cambridge St., Rm. 2100, Boston 02202) .
Written in English



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  • Sentences (Criminal procedure) -- Massachusetts -- Statistics.,
  • Firearms -- Law and legislation -- Massachusetts -- Statistics.,
  • Criminal statistics -- Massachusetts.,
  • Punishment in crime deterrence -- Massachusetts -- Statistics.,
  • Prison sentences -- Massachusetts -- Statistics.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (leaves 39-40).

StatementWilliam M. Holmes, director ; Melissa A. Ruboy, research associate.
ContributionsRuboy, Melissa A.
LC ClassificationsKFM2471.5 .H35 1991
The Physical Object
Paginationiii, 41, A1-A5 leaves :
Number of Pages41
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1669506M
LC Control Number91622456

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  In a book Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control, criminologist Gary Kleck argues that even if one assumes that the Bartley-Fox Law was effective in reducing crime in Massachusetts, this may not mean that different mandatory sentencing gun-carrying laws would be effective if they were implemented elsewhere.   In , the U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime held a series of hearings about policy solutions to violent crime, where the Bartley-Fox measure received intense study. Senator Ted Kennedy introduced a bill encouraging states to adopt mandatory sentencing for unlicensed gun carrying as part of a larger package of gun control measures. Bartley-Fox Passed in '75 The state legislature passed the Bartley-Fox Law, as it is known, in April , with the intent that it be used in the prosecution of gun-related crimes. The Massachusetts legislature enacted the Bartley-Fox gun law, which mandated a one-year minimum prison term for the unlicensed carrying of firearms and a two-year sentence for crimes committed while possessing a gun, to reduce the incidence of firearm-related crime as well as the illicit carrying of firearms (Beha, ).

  In an upcoming paper, he examines the Bartley-Fox act in Massachusetts, a law — the first of its kind nationwide — that required a mandatory minimum jail sentence of one year for possession of an unlicensed firearm outside of one’s home or place of business (even if no other crime was committed), and a two-year add-on for crimes committed while possessing a gun. In the most rigorous study conducted on the Bartley-Fox Act, Pierce and Bowers used FBI data to conduct an interrupted time-series analysis on the incidence of assault, robbery, and homicide. The models estimated marked decreases in firearm-related assaults and robberies; however, this effect was offset by.   Rather than pass any new gun-control laws in Massachusetts, legislators ought to insist that the Bartley-Fox gun law be enforced – if it is still on the books.   About 10 yrs ago (maybe longer)a study was done on the effects of the Bartley-Fox Act. The results were only 3 persons out of approx received the 1 yr mandatory sentence. My best recollection is that judges were reducing the Unlawful carrying charge to Unlawful Possession which gave them wider descretion in sentencing.

By Dave Kopel The Bartley-Fox law in Massachusetts imposed a mandatory one-year prison sentence for carrying a gun without a permit. This was the first law of its kind in the nation. The law is considered a model by gun control advocates, and a horror story by gun rights advocates. Download Citation | On Dec 1, , P.J. Hofer published Federal sentencing for violent and drug trafficking crimes involving firearms: Recent changes and prospects for improvement | .   The Bartley-Fox Law, as the legislation is formally known, was passed in after a period of sharply rising crime rates in Boston and other major cities. It .   Rather than pass any new gun-control laws in Massachusetts, legislators ought to insist that the Bartley-Fox gun law be enforced — if it is still on the books.