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Congressman David Kustoff

Representing the 8th District of Tennessee

Kustoff Introduces Legislation to Cut Down on Crime

September 5, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  September 3, 2018 – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today introduced H.R.6697, the Restoring the Armed Career Criminal Act, which makes necessary reforms to reinstate and clarify an important tool for prosecutors to use to enhance penalties against the most dangerous, career criminals. 

In 1984, the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) was included in the Comprehensive Crime Control Act with the intent to guard Americans from the most dangerous career offenders by defining the parameters under which offenders are classified.  However, in the 2015 case Johnson v. United States, the Supreme Court ruled the residual clause unconstitutional, thus providing a loophole for repeat offenders to end up back on the streets.  It is essential we reform our criminal justice system to protect all Americans from the most violent, repeat offenders, while also making it fair to the low-level non-violent criminals.
Congressman Kustoff said: “Our local law enforcement works around the clock to keep our streets safe.  The least we can do to show our support is ensure that our prosecutors have the necessary resources at their disposal to achieve justice and ultimately protect our communities from these repeat offenders.  Many thanks to Senator Cotton for working alongside me to introduce this important legislation in the U.S. Senate, and I look forward to passing this meaningful bill to protect the American people.”

S.3335 has been introduced as a companion bill by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Senator Cotton said: “The Armed Career Criminals Act is gaining support in both chambers of Congress because it’s simply common sense.  Hardened criminals deserve to be behind bars, not roaming the streets, and this legislation will give federal prosecutors the tools they need to keep our communities safe.”