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Reno Gazette-Journal Investigates How Plea Deals Might Weaken Gun Laws

An RGJ investigation into gun purchases reveals plea deals often undermine gun laws in Nevada. In one case, a northern Nevada woman bought 32 guns in Reno for a man who was wanted for murder in California. Her punishment was five months probation. According to the RGJ's investigation of the 112 firearms cases prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Reno from 2008 to 2012, only two went to trial and about 95 percent of those were resolved with plea deals. Why are so few cases going to trial? And do plea deals lessen the effect of gun laws in Nevada? We'll talk with the RGJ's investigator about the specific cases involved.


Martha Bellisle, Reporter, Reno Gazette Journal

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