Cantor Votes to Help Protect Virginia 's Communities from Gang Violence
May 11, 2005
Washington - Today Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) voted in favor of the Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act (HR 1279), which passed the House by a vote of 279-144. The legislation, which Cantor originally cosponsored, addresses gang crime by increasing penalties for violent crimes and by funding law enforcement technologies and techniques to combat gang activity.
Congressman Cantor released the following statement today regarding passage of the bill:
"I have spoken with sheriffs and police chiefs from the Seventh District about the gang problem Virginia is currently facing. Local law enforcement officials need the tools to confront the gang violence we are seeing in our local communities. Today's passage of this important legislation is a step in that direction.
"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.
"This legislation will provide local, state, and federal law enforcement and legal authorities with personnel, equipment, and training needed to combat violent criminal gangs.
"The Commonwealth ' s law enforcement and prosecutors will now have greater resources to combat violent criminal gang activity."