Moylan Sponsors Legislation to Protect Military Members from Targeted Violence

10/15/2015
In response to a shooting directed at military personnel in Tennessee earlier this year, state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, is sponsoring legislation to toughen penalties against those who intentionally attack members of the armed forces.



“Members of the military put their lives on the line to keep us safe all over the world,” Moylan said. “The last thing they should have to worry about is being a victim of an act of violence right here in America.”



Moylan is sponsoring House Bill 4308 to classify violent attacks against uniformed military personal as potential hate crimes. Veterans attacked while wearing regalia would also be covered. If this bill becomes law, suspects who commit hate crimes against service members or veterans would face a maximum of three years in prison, in addition to other penalties related to the offense.



Moylan’s legislation comes in response to an attack on July 16 in Tennessee where an assailant opened fire on two military installations. The shooter killed four marines and one navy sailor in the attack while also injuring a marine recruiter and a police officer. Investigations revealed the shooter may have specifically targeted military personnel due to his frustration over American foreign policy in the Arab world. The shooter was killed by police.



“Law enforcement and local prosecutors should be allowed to take more action against those who attack members of our armed forces,” Moylan said. “We cannot stand by while members of our armed forces are ambushed, and this legislation will strengthen protections and help bring justice to the victims and their families.”



For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at 847-635-6821 or staterepmoylan@gmail.com.