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

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.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.



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



Oct 1, 1981

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Sep 21, 1982
Ordered 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.

S. 1688 (97th) 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.

This bill was introduced in the 97th Congress, which met from Jan 5, 1981 to Dec 23, 1982. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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