Friday, January 29, 2016

Gun Rights - Much Needed Legislation

Rep. Patrick Meehan  (R-PA) Rep. Katherine Clark  (D-MA) recently introduced the Interstate Swatting Hoax Act.
Found the reference here with highlights  
H.R. 1041.
False communications with the intent to cause an emergency response.
Criminal violation
Whoever, with the intent to cause an emergency response by any law enforcement agency, in the absence of circumstances requiring such a response, uses a telecommunications system, the mails, or any other facility of interstate or foreign commerce to knowingly transmit false or misleading information indicating that conduct has taken, is taking, or will take place that may reasonably be believed to constitute a violation of any State or Federal criminal law, or endanger public health or safety, shall—
if an emergency response results, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both;
if serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365) results, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both;
if death results, be fined under this title or imprisoned for any number of years or for life, or both; and
in any other case, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
It gets better. RTWT for the details and imagine an anti-gunner being frog-marched out of the Wal Mart where they hoped the police would gun down one of their enemies for them.
This sort of approach is over due and badly needed. We need to explain* to the grabbers that murder-by-proxy is a non-trivial offense against everyone.

The proposed piece here is Federal legislation which means it won't get passed and certainly won't get signed. This being an election year, we should all cut and paste the summary of the bill and send it to our state and local politicians for possible offering at that level.

*O.K. for these folks explaining involves a 2x4 applied to the side of the head, but the proposed legislation should work nearly as well.


Merle said...

One can hope......


Billll said...

I passed a copy on to my representative today and talked it up with a couple others and an aide or two. The law would be only a minor revision to existing stature regarding filing of false report so if anyone wishes to take it up it wouldn't take much.

OTOH the current session is short and something that wouldn't pass a Dem controlled house might well be seen as a waste of time.