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Dauphin County officials want to get illegal guns off streets

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Dauphin County and Harrisburg officials unveiled a new plan to help crack down on illegal guns and lower violence throughout the region.

Under the initiative, Dauphin County judges will be asked to set bail at a minimum of $100,000 for anyone charged with illegally carrying a firearm. Currently it is the judge's call on the bail amount.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says the program has worked in other cities.

"Too often we see the revolving door in the criminal justice system: Someone gets charged with a crime, they get low bail and make bail and get out," said Marsico. "And then few weeks later they are charged with another crime."

In addition, teens 15 and older who are caught with an illegal gun will be placed in a juvenile detention facility until their hearing which usually takes place within three days.

The program is set to start April 21. Police are encouraging people to hand in illegal weapons.

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