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S. 265 (116th): Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety Act of 2019

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About the bill

Could legislation modeled after a successful Secret Service program to protect the president against threats also work to stop mass shootings?


After President Ronald Reagan was shot and almost killed in 1981, the Secret Service developed a process called Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management to better identify and nullify threats before they could act. A _USA Today _op-ed noted, “After the threat assessment methodology was created and put into use, no one has come close to killing a president.”

Many in both parties are now asking: if it’s proven so effective, why can’t the same system be implemented nationwide to help combat the epidemic of mass shootings?

What the legislation does

The Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act would implement Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management across the …

Sponsor and status

Marco Rubio

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Florida. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 29, 2019
Length: 23 pages
Jan 29, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 29, 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).


4 Cosponsors (3 Republicans, 1 Democrat)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

ICYMI: Rubio on Red Flag Bill: I'll Come Back to Washington 'Right Away'
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] (Sponsor) on Aug 7, 2019

Tillis, Rubio, Sinema Lead Bipartisan Legislation to Keep Americans Safe From Targeted Violence
    — Sen. Thom Tillis [R-NC] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 31, 2019

Gov. Bevin, Congressman Rogers Join Dajcor Aluminum to Mark Start of Facility Renovations for Company’s First U.S. Manufacturing Plant
    — Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5] on Nov 2, 2019

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Jan 29, 2019

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

S. 265 (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 S. 265. 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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