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H.R. 6697 (115th): Restoring the Armed Career Criminal Act

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Should a felon be committed for at least 15 years, even if that one specific crime wouldn’t merit a sentence nearly that long, if they’ve previously committed three or more violent felonies?


1984’s unanimously-passed Comprehensive Crime Control Act contained provisions which increased prison sentences for those who commit a crime with a firearm, if they had already previously been convicted of certain violent crimes three or more times. This provision was known as the Armed Career Criminal Act.

But the Supreme Court created a loophole with their 8–1 decision in 2015’s_Johnson v. United States_. A white supremacist in Minnesota named Samuel Johnson was arrested for illegal firearms possession, after he had three prior convictions for so-called violent felonies. Yet Johnson argued that the previous ...

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David Kustoff

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 4, 2018
Length: 5 pages
Sep 4, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 4, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Sep 4, 2018

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H.R. 6697 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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