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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 8, 2008

President Bush Signs H.R. 660, H.R. 3690, S. 863, and H.R. 2640

On Monday, January 7, 2008, the President signed into law:

H.R. 660, the "Court Security Improvement Act of 2007," which bars possession of dangerous weapons, in addition to guns, in Federal courts; provides for other protections for Federal judges and other Federal officials; authorizes grants for programs to increase court security; and increases penalties for various violent crimes against the immediate families of Federal officials;

H.R. 3690, the "U.S. Capitol Police and Library of Congress Police Merger Implementation Act of 2007," which, by October 2009, transfers employees of the Library of Congress Police to the U.S. Capitol Police and expands the jurisdiction of the U.S. Capitol Police to include the grounds and building of the Library of Congress; and

S. 863, the "Emergency and Disaster Assistance Fraud Penalty Enhancement Act of 2007," which establishes a crime of fraud in connection with benefits related to Federally-declared major disasters or emergencies; and increases criminal penalties for engaging in mail or wire fraud in relation to such benefits.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2008, the President signed into law:

H.R. 2640, the "NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007," which requires accurate information on individuals prohibited from possessing firearms to be transmitted by State and local government and Federal agencies to the Justice Department-administered National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS); and provides incentives for facilitating electronic transmission of such information to NICS.

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