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Name: People v. Perez
Case #: F032957
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 5 DCA
Opinion Date: 01/29/2001
Subsequent History: Review denied 5/16/01

Penal Code section 12022.53, the “10-20-life” law, which applies to offenders who use a firearm in perpetration of their offenses, does not violate due process and equal protection provisions because it punishes offenders more seriously based on their deadly weapon of choice. The statute is rationally related to the intent offered by the Legislature and supports the legitimate state interest of citizen safety, since firearms pose a potentially greater risk to safety than other weapons.