The state appealed the case to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is currently reviewing it.
Mr. Smigiel said the state would be better served to devote more attention to mental health programs and institute tough mandatory sentences for anyone caught using a gun to commit a crime.
“How does raising a fee keep anybody else alive?” he said. “We’re doing just the opposite of what we should do.”
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