Queens DA,Mayor Applaud 'Guns=Prison' Program
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown recently joined with Mayor Bloomberg and the Citizens Crime Commission (CCC) to unveil a new CCCsponsored public service campaign highlighting the new penalties for illegal gun possession in New York. The campaign, GUNS=PRISON, will feature posters calling attention to the three and one half year prison sentence given to anyone caught carrying an illegal loaded handgun in New York. Of the campaign, Brown said, "This advertising campaign will help to raise awareness among New Yorkers that the mere possession of an illegal handgun will result in serious prison time. It will help to deter gun demand and reduce gun violence. I applaud the Crime Commission and its partners for getting the message out. GUNS=PRISON is not simply a bumper sticker slogan. It is a clear and unequivocal statement of the law. If you are caught with an illegal handgun, you are going to prison." Pictured, Brown standing at the podium. Behind him (from left) are Staten Island District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan Jr., Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.