California Proposition 179, Punishment for Murders Committeed with Firearms (1994)

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California Proposition 179 was on the June 7, 1994 primary election ballot in California as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved.

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.

Election results

Proposition 179
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 3,975,403 87.71%
No557,00112.29%
See also: California ballot propositions that were approved with a vote of 80% or more

Text of measure

Proposition 179 1994.PNG

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.

Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 76 0
Senate 30 0

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