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Weapons of mass destruction

A bill (H.R. 2939) introduced by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) would amend federal law to enhance the prevention and prosecution of crimes committed using weapons of mass destruction. The bill would make illegal any threat, attempt, or conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States on any property, including property owned, leased, or used by a foreign government. penalties for certain crimes carried out at ports. Under the bill, it would be illegal to damage or destroy a vessel or maritime facility. Enhanced penalties would apply if the vessel carried high-level radioactive waste or spent nuclear fuel.

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