Why was the timing so bad? The tragedy that took place at Chardon High School in Ohio yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the students and family members affected. The tragedy, unfortunately, highlights the danger of weapons in schools.
Possessing a loaded firearm in New York State outside your home or business gets you between 3 1/2 and 15 years in prison for a first time offender.
Bring a loaded gun to school? 3 1/2 to 15 for a first time offender.
Bring a loaded gun to school as a 16, 17, or 18 year old? Anywhere from probation to 15 years in jail. That's right, a defendant toting a gun into a school is eligible for a sealed record and probation while the guy walking down the street gets a mandatory 3 1/2 years if he's at least 19 years old.
Should penalties for guns in a school be stricter? There's special crimes in New York for drug dealing on school property. Should there be special laws for guns in schools?
The only additional law is for a 14 or 15 year old. If a 14 or 15 year old brings a loaded weapon to school, the case is tried in supreme court, not family court.
So what happened to my defendant? One year in jail.