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HR 424 - Minimum Sentences for Gun Crimes - National Key Vote

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Title: Minimum Sentences for Gun Crimes

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases the mandatory minimum prison sentence for possession of a firearm while committing a federal crime.

Highlights:

  • Sets the following mandatory minimum sentences: 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm while committing a crime, 15 years in prison for brandishing a firearm while committing a crime, and 20 years in prison for discharging a firearm while committing a crime.
  • Increases each of the above sentences by at least 10 years for a second offense.
  • Sets a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years if a machinegun or firearm equipped with a silencer is used while committing a crime and sets a minimum sentence of life imprisonment if either is used in a second offense.

NOTE: THIS VOTE WAS TAKEN UNDER A SUSPENSION OF THE RULES TO CUT OFF DEBATE EARLY AND VOTE TO PASS THE BILL, THEREBY REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY FOR PASSAGE.

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