S. 1688 (97th): Armed Career Criminal Act of 1982


Oct 1, 1981
97th Congress, 1981–1982

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on September 30, 1982 but was never passed by the House.


Arlen Specter

Senator from Pennsylvania


About the bill

Full Title

A bill to combat violent and major crime by establishing a Federal offense for continuing a career of robberies or burglaries while armed and providing a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.

Summary (CRS)

9/30/1982--Passed Senate amended.(Measure passed Senate, amended, roll call #380 (93-1)) Armed Career Criminal Act of 1982 - Amends the Federal criminal code to establish a mandatory sentence of 15 years ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


Oct 1, 1981

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Sep 21, 1982
Reported by Committee

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Sep 30, 1982
Passed Senate

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next.

This is a Senate bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “S.” in “S. 1688”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


15 cosponsors (9R, 6D) (show)
Committee Assignments

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There have been no roll call votes related to this bill.

Related Bills

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S. 52 (98th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Passed Senate
Last Action: Feb 23, 1984

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