H. R. 2911
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 22, 2019
Mr. Cook (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
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act.
Congress finds the following:
The Purple Heart medal solemnly recognizes the great and sometimes ultimate sacrifice of American servicemembers like Private Corrado Piccoli.
The Purple Heart medal holds a place of honor as the national symbol of this sacrifice and deserves special protections.
Penalty for sale of Purple Hearts awarded to members of the Armed Forces
Section 704 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—
in subsection (a), by striking
Whoever and inserting
Except as provided in subsection (e), whoever; and
by adding at the end the following:
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.
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.
In this subsection, the term willfully means the voluntary, intentional violation of a known legal duty.