Memphis man fights for tougher gun laws

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis man wants tougher gun laws after his daughter was killed by a man he says should never have been released from prison.

In court Monday, Charles Branch said justice was not served in his daughter's case, and the Crooks with Guns law needs tougher changes.

Police say Jarvis Robinson shot and killed Branch's daughter, Charlotte, and critically injured her common law husband after she got into a verbal argument with Robinson's sister last July.

Police records show Robinson had a previous criminal record.  In one case in 2004, he pulled a loaded gun on a police officer during a foot chase.

Robinson was a suspect in a shooting investigation, and was convicted and sentenced for aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and evading arrest.

"It's got to stop somewhere," Branch said Monday. "It needs to stop here.  These repeat offenders get their wrists slapped.  They go serve five or six months (and) get right back out here on the streets with a gun shooting, killing somebody else, destroying somebody else's family.  Let's go ahead and make these laws tough and send these guys on away from here."

The Crooks with Guns law went into effect the first of the year, and is supposed to increase penalties for felons who commit violent crimes with guns.

But Branch's father is upset because Robinson was only charged with voluntary manslaughter for his daughter's death, and aggravated assault for shooting her husband.

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