This bill — the Community Safety and Security Act of 2018 — would more broadly define “crime of violence” under federal law by listing which offenses qualify as crimes of violence. That’d be in addition to the current definition that includes offenses that have “as an element the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another.” The bill would address a 2017 Supreme Court ruling which found the definition of “crime of violence” unconstitutional because of its vagueness.
Additionally, this bill defines offenses that are considered crimes of violence, including:
Abusive sexual contact;
Aggravated sexual abuse;
Communication of threats;
Interference with flight crew members and attendants;
Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle;
Using weapons of mass destruction; and