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H. Rept. 105-344 1 (1997-10-24)

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                    105TH CONGRESS                                        REPORT
                       1st Session    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES            105-344





                    TO PROVIDE FOR INCREASED MANDATORY MINIMUM SEN-
                      TENCES FOR CRIMINALS POSSESSING FIREARMS, AND
                      FOR OTHER PURPOSES




                      OCTOBER 24, 1997.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State
                                      of the Union and ordered to be printed



                             Mr. HYDE, from the Committee on the Judiciary,
                                         submitted the following


                                               REPORT

                                               together with

                                          DISSENTING VIEWS

                                          [To accompany H.R. 424]

                              [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

                      The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill
                    (H.R. 424) to provide for increased mandatory minimum sentences
                    for criminals possessing firearms, and for other purposes, having
                    considered the same, report favorably thereon with an amendment
                    and recommend that the bill as amended do pass.

                                                CONTENTS
                                                                                   Page
                    T h e  A m endm ent  ......................................................................................................  2
                    Purpose and  Sum m ary  ............................................................................................  2
                    Background and  Need  for  Legislation  ....................................................................  4
                    H e a rin g s  ...................................................................................................................  6
                    Com m ittee  Consideration  ........................................................................................  6
                    V ote  of  the  C om m ittee  ............................................................................................  6
                    Com m ittee  Oversight  Findings  ..............................................................................  9
                    Committee on Government Reform and Oversight Findings ...............................  9
                    New Budget Authority  and  Tax  Expenditures  .....................................................  9
                    Congressional Budget Offi ce  Estim ate  ..................................................................  9
                    Constitutional Authority  Statem ent  ......................................................................  11
                    Section-by-Section  Analysis  and  Discussion  ..........................................................  11
                    A gen cy  V iew s  ...........................................................................................................  13
                    Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported .....................................  16
                    D issen tin g  V iew s  ....................................................................................................  19
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