This bill would create a new federal crime for killing, attempting to kill, or conspiring to kill a federal judge, law enforcement officer, or public safety officer. For murder, the offender could receive the death penalty, and a conviction would carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years while attempted murder would result in a minimum 10 year sentence.
Other new federal crimes would also be created by this legislation. Assaulting a public safety officer would lead to escalating penalties including mandatory minimums based on the extent of the injury caused and whether a lethal weapon was used. And if a perpetrator flees across state lines to avoid prosecution for a crime created by this bill, they could be subject them to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.
In the result of a conviction, this bill would impose time and substantive limits on the ability of federal courts to review challenges of state-court convictions involving the murder of an on-duty public safety officer. For perpetrators who committed a felony, there would be limits on the civil damages and attorney’s fees they can recover from injuries they sustained while committing their crime.
The bill would also reform federal law to carry their guns in most circumstances when entering federal facilities or other places where the possession of a gun is otherwise prohibited. There would also be expanded grant funding to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.