Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile’s Public Safety Director is heading to the state capital today to push for stricter punishment for criminals found with a stolen gun. James Barber speaks at a state Senate hearing today.
Mobile Police have been looking for solutions to gun crimes in Mobile. Officials from Mobile hope making possession of stolen firearm a class C felony will help.
Barber will be speaking in front of the Alabama Senate Judiciary committee today along with Mobile’s Police chief and other members of law enforcement around the state.
In February Mobile released a public service announcement that’s been on heavy rotation called “Lock it Up.” The campaign reminds gun owners to lock their cars to help keep guns secure. News 5 investigated the issue of stolen guns and the trend of stolen guns being used to commit new crimes. According to a news release:
Barber believes the problem must be addressed, but his position is set on punishment for the criminal who law enforcement officers find in possession of a stolen firearm.
Barber also fires back at a proposal from Mobile City Councilman CJ Small that could potentially punish gun owners who have their firearms stolen. Barber argues the focus should be on the criminals and not “an otherwise law-abiding citizen simply because they forgot to lock their vehicle.”