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H.R. 2160: Shielding Public Spaces from Vehicular Terrorism Act


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 9, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2160

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 9, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Green of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize expenditures to combat emerging terrorist threats, including vehicular attacks, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Shielding Public Spaces from Vehicular Terrorism Act.

2.

Research and development

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (11) of section 302 (6 U.S.C. 182), by inserting research and development to combat emerging terrorist threats, such as vehicular attacks, and before the long-term; and

(2)

in subparagraph (B) of section 308(b)(2) (6 U.S.C. 188(b)(2))—

(A)

in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking expertise in— and inserting expertise in the following:;

(B)

by redesignating clause (xiv) as clause (xv); and

(C)

by inserting after clause (xiii) the following new clause:

(xiv)

Combating emerging terrorist threats, including vehicular attacks.

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3.

Allowable uses

Section 2008 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 609) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

by redesignating paragraphs (11) through (14) as paragraphs (12) through (15), respectively; and

(B)

by inserting after paragraph (10) the following new paragraph:

(11)

addressing security vulnerabilities of public spaces, including through the installation of bollards and other target hardening activities;

; and

(2)

in subsection (b)—

(A)

in paragraph (3)(B), by striking (a)(10) and inserting (a)(12); and

(B)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(6)

Firearms

(A)

In general

A grant awarded under section 2003 or 2004 may not be used for the provision to any person of a firearm or training in the use of a firearm.

(B)

No effect on other laws

Nothing in this paragraph may be construed to preclude or contradict any other provision of law authorizing the provision of firearms or training in the use of firearms.

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4.

Report

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on potential terrorism vulnerabilities relating to emerging automotive technologies that support driverless vehicles and the associated threat such vehicles may pose to people in public spaces. Such report shall also compare any public benefit of such vehicles against any such vulnerabilities and threats.