The “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,” legislation introduced in the House, carries a potential 15-year prison sentence for those caught engaging in behaviors typically associated with the “antifa” movement of anti-fascist activists.
Under the act, anyone “wearing a mask” or in disguise who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person … in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege” would be subject to a fine or up to 15 years in prison.
The bill was introduced in the House last month but received renewed attention on Tuesday after alt-right personality Mike Cernovich encouraged his followers to call their representatives and "let them know what you think" about the legislation.
Call the United States Capitol switchboard— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) July 10, 2018
- (202) 224-3121
Let them know what you think about the Unmasking Antifa Act, which would hold far left wing terrorist groups to the same standards as the KKK and other groups.
- Call (202) 224-3121 https://t.co/Qq8FIMw8NN
Introducing the "Unmasking Antifa Act" from the House Judiciary Committee, an amendment to Civil Rights law that carries a potential 15-year prison sentence. https://t.co/ncMijzjMxy pic.twitter.com/Y13EbNXLS2— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) July 10, 2018
Antifa activists, who often wear masks, have gained nationwide attention for engaging in violent clashes. Many activists in the movement have also disrupted actions planned by white supremacist groups.
The bill was introduced by Republican Rep. Dan Donovan (N.Y.) and is co-sponsored by GOP Reps. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingBiden pays homage to Obama by rocking tan suit during birthday week Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly to host New York radio show Top GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee MORE (N.Y.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarJan. 6 committee subpoenas leaders of 'America First' movement Lawmakers coming under increased threats — sometimes from one another McCarthy says he'll strip Dems of committee slots if GOP wins House MORE (Ariz.) and Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Democratic super PAC ties Trump allies to Jan. 6 in new ad campaign The 10 races that will decide the Senate majority MORE (N.C.).
The bill is currently in the House Judiciary Committee.