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Congressman David Kustoff

Representing the 8th District of Tennessee

Kustoff Introduces Legislation to Prevent Swatting

March 14, 2019
Press Release
Working to save lives and resources

Washington, D.C.— Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) introduced the Preserving Safe Communities by Ending Swatting Act of 2019-H.R. 1772. Swatting is a call to a police department with a false story of a crime in progress-with the intent to draw a large number of police officers to a particular address. This measure would penalize false communications intending to cause an emergency response.

“Swatting is a dangerous and criminal trend that can result in serious injury and even death to victims and law enforcement. Our law enforcement is here to protect us, not waste their time and resources on false reports,” said Congressman Kustoff. “My bill will impose strict penalties for swatting, including up to 20 years in prison if someone is seriously hurt. It is time we properly address this crime and put an end to this harassment.”

Statistics on Swatting:

  • In 2013 it is estimated there were 400 attacks per year.
  • FBI says the average cost is $10,000-$25,000 per emergency response.
  • Often the phone numbers from the swatting attack are spoofed, making them harder to trace and harder to prosecute the individuals.
  • Some unsuspecting swatting victims have suffered mild heart attacks because of the swatting.