H.R. 538 (105th): Explosives Fingerprinting Act

Feb 04, 1997 (105th Congress, 1997–1998)
Died (Referred to Committee) in a previous session of Congress

This bill was introduced on February 4, 1997, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Feb 04, 1997
Thomas Manton
Representative for New York's 7th congressional district
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Feb 04, 1997
7 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 1568 (104th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 03, 1995

Full Title

To require explosive materials to contain taggants to enable law enforcement authorities to trace the source of the explosive material, whether before or after detonation.


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19 cosponsors (19D) (show)

House Judiciary

Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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Explosives Fingerprinting Act - Amends the Federal criminal code to prohibit the manufacture, importation, transport, shipment, distribution, or receipt in interstate or foreign commerce, or resale or other disposition as surplus by a Government department, agency, or instrumentality of any explosive material that does not contain an identification taggant and a detection taggant.
Makes such provisions inapplicable to any such material designated by the President for use by the Department of Defense or another Government agency for national defense or international security purposes.
Sets penalties for violations.
Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to:
(1) defer specified effective dates of prohibitions under this Act until the Secretary is satisfied that identification and detection taggants are available in sufficient quantity for commercial purposes, will not impair the quality of explosive materials for their intended use, and will not adversely affect the environment; and
(2) inform the Congress before making any such deferrals.

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