No one’s listening harder to Gov. Gray Davis’s plea for a Year 2000 moratorium on new gun control laws than the earnestly helpful Senate Republican leadership. They’ve embraced a way the federal can get tough on crime right here in California.

In lieu of more such laws, they are proposing an expansion of a federal program called “Project Exile,” in which local district attorneys would hand cases involving felons in possession of guns to federal prosecutors to win the tougher five- and 10-year minimum sentences in the federal system.

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