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2006 SESSION

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HB 588 Machete; illegal to brandish machete in threatening manner, penalty.

Introduced by: Vivian E. Watts | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS PASSED: (all summaries)

Crimes; brandishing a machete; penalty. Makes it illegal to brandish a machete, with a 12 inch blade or longer, with intent to intimidate, and includes such offense as one of the predicate criminal acts that defines street gang activity.  The penalty for a violation of this section is a Class 1 misdemeanor, or if the violation occurs on or within 1,000 feet of any public, private, or religious school, a Class 6 felony.  The bill makes an exception for excusable or justifiable self-defense.  This bill is identical to SB 183.


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