Vote to pass a bill that increases the mandatory minimum prison sentence for possession of a firearm while committing a federal crime.
Sets the following mandatory minimum sentences: 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm while committing a crime, 15 years in prison for brandishing a firearm while committing a crime, and 20 years in prison for discharging a firearm while committing a crime.
Increases each of the above sentences by at least 10 years for a second offense.
Sets a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years if a machinegun or firearm equipped with a silencer is used while committing a crime and sets a minimum sentence of life imprisonment if either is used in a second offense.
NOTE: THIS VOTE WAS TAKEN UNDER A SUSPENSION OF THE RULES TO CUT OFF DEBATE EARLY AND VOTE TO PASS THE BILL, THEREBY REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY FOR PASSAGE.