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Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act of 2005

Location: Washington, DC

GANG DETERRENCE AND COMMUNITY PROTECTION ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - May 11, 2005)


Mr. CANTOR. Mr. Chairman, I rise today to express my strong support for H.R. 1279, the Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act of 2005.

I have spoken with sheriffs and police chiefs back in my district and they tell me: we need to be ready; we need to learn how to confront these gangs. This legislation will do just that, it will provide local, State, and Federal law enforcement and legal authorities with personnel, equipment, and training needed to combat violent criminal gangs.

In Virginia, no urban area has gone unscarred by criminal gangs. Across Virginia, officials estimate that as many as 80 gangs totaling 30,000 members or more roam our city streets.

The Commonwealth's law enforcement and prosecutors will now have greater resources to combat violent criminal gang activity. We must act now, if we are to protect Virginia's families and communities.

I urge passage of this legislation.



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