This bill — the Unmasking Antifa Act — would enhance penalties for committing crimes while in disguise. Specifically, wearing a mask while injuring, oppressing, threatening, or intimidating a person who is freely exercising their rights would face fines and up to 15 years imprisonment.
What is House Bill H.R. 6054?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 6054
In-Depth: Rep. Daniel Donovan Jr. (R-NY) introduced this bill to increase penalties for committing crimes while wearing masks. There are three cosponsors of this bill, all of whom are Republicans.
Of Note: Antifa is often violent. The movement’s leaders admit a willingness to physically attack anyone who employs violence against them, or who they view as condoning racism — as long as force is used in the name of eradicating hatred, it’s considered within the bounds of the movement.
When antifa protesters congregate, they often wear all black and cover their faces with masks— a tactic known as “black bloc,” which aims to unify demonstrators’ efforts and hide their identities.
In response to antifa, many jurisdictions across the country have begun enforcing laws that bar people from wearing masks during gatherings, if those laws are on the books.
Summary by Lorelei Yang(Photo Credit: BrasilNut1 /iStock)
Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalty enhancements for committing certain offenses while in disguise, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedJune 8th, 2018
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