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H.R. 2911: Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act


The text of the bill below is as of May 22, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2911

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 22, 2019

(for himself, Mrs. Murphy, Ms. Norton, Mr. Castro of Texas, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. Takano, Mr. Kelly of Mississippi, Mr. Calvert, and Ms. Stefanik) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for penalties for the sale of any Purple Heart awarded to a member of the Armed Forces.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

The Purple Heart medal solemnly recognizes the great and sometimes ultimate sacrifice of American servicemembers like Private Corrado Piccoli.

(2)

The Purple Heart medal holds a place of honor as the national symbol of this sacrifice and deserves special protections.

3.

Penalty for sale of Purple Hearts awarded to members of the Armed Forces

Section 704 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a), by striking Whoever and inserting Except as provided in subsection (e), whoever; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(e)

Purple heart

(1)

Penalty

Whoever willfully purchases, attempts to purchase, solicits for purchase, mails, ships, imports, exports, produces blank certificates of receipt for, manufactures, sells, attempts to sell, advertises for sale, trades, barters, or exchanges for anything of value any Purple Heart awarded to a member of the armed forces or former member of the armed forces by the Secretary of the military department concerned, except when authorized under regulations made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both.

(2)

Limitation on regulations

Regulations described in paragraph (1) may not authorize the sale of any Purple Heart awarded to a member of the armed forces or former member of the armed forces by the Secretary of the military department concerned, unless the sale is conducted by the member or former member to whom the Purple Heart was awarded.

(3)

Definition

In this subsection, the term willfully means the voluntary, intentional violation of a known legal duty.

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