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Penalty For Gun Theft Could Increase

Associated Press - January 27, 2015 6:19 am

Kansas would increase the penalties for burglarizing a home, building or vehicle intending to steal a firearm under a bill before a state Senate committee.

The Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee was having a hearing Tuesday on the measure. The bill also increases the penalties for any home burglary.

State law currently doesn’t make a distinction when a burglar intends to steal a gun.

The bill would allow a judge to sentence a first-time offender to up to two years and 10 months in prison for burglarizing a home, building or vehicle intending to steal a firearm.

The bill would make the potential prison sentence for any home burglary six months longer for a first-time offender, for a maximum of 19 months.