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H.R. 4003 (116th): Unmasking Antifa Act of 2019

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About the bill

Should wearing a disguise or mask, as the far left radicals referred to as Antifa often do, increase your jail sentence if found guilty of a crime?


Activity by a range of militant left-wing groups collectively known as Antifahas surged since President Trump’s election.

Known for wearing masks or disguises, often in black, the group most prominently confronts alt-right or Trump supporters during their protests or rallies. This has occasionally turned violent, such as an early July incident in Portland.

What the bill does

The Unmasking Antifa Act would allow a jail sentence of up to 15 years for anybody who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates” another while wearing a disguise or mask.

The legislative text is not yet available, so it’s unclear whether it makes direct …

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Tim Burchett

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Jul 25, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 25, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).



Jul 25, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 4003 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4003. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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