California Proposition 179, Punishment for Murders Committeed with Firearms (1994)
Proposition 179 said that judges could sentence criminals for 20 years-to-life if they were convicted of second-degree murder through intentionally shooting a firearm from a vehicle at another person outside of the vehicle with the intent to inflict great bodily injury.
Text of measure
The ballot title read:
- MURDER: PUNISHMENT. LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE AMENDMENT.
The ballot summary was:
- Provides for a sentence of 20 years to life upon conviction of second-degree murder that is committed by intentionally shooting a firearm from a vehicle at another person outside of the vehicle with the intent to inflict great bodily injury.
The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:
- Adoption of this measure would result in unknown, but probably not major, increase in state costs.
Path to the ballot
The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 179 on the ballot via SB 310.
- June 7, 1994 Voter Guide
- Statement of vote, California June 7, 1994 statewide elections
- Los Angeles Law Library, 1994 ballot propositions