H.R. 3741 would remove the death penalty as an option for punishment when trying major federal offenses, including (but not limited to) several categories of murder including the assassination or kidnapping of a vice president, president, or member of Congress. The death penalty would also be banned as punishment for crimes against the government like treason and espionage).
Other federal offenses that people under this legislation would not be punished with the death penalty for:
- use of a weapon of mass destruction,
- murder via torture,
- child abuse,
- war crimes,
- aircraft hijackings,
- sexual abuse,
- bank robberies or the willful wrecking of a train,
- using chemical or biological materials to kill
- the death or injury of an unborn child
- death of state or local law enforcement officials,
- using the mail to kill,
- kidnapping and killing people to stop them from testifying in court,
- the use of firearms or armor piercing ammunition during any crime of violence.