The “Preserving Safe Communities by Ending Swatting Act” was introduced on Wednesday by Senators Tommy Tuberville and Rick Scott.
Swatting is the act of phoning 911 in order to set off a massive police reaction at a specific address. The act’s introduction would expressly forbid swatting hoaxes.
Swattering would be strictly prohibited by the law, with up to 20 years in prison if a swatting attack causes serious injury to a person.
One of the victims of a swatting call back in December was Senator Rick Scott. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Georgia U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu were among the other officials there.
On December 27, 2023, Scott said that while he and his wife were out to dinner, police arrived to his Naples home. When Scott’s private protection and the cops gathered at his house, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
Scott posted a brief account of the event on X, the platform that was formerly known as Twitter.
Last night, while at dinner with my wife, cowards “swatted” my home in Naples. These criminals wasted the time & resources of our law enforcement in a sick attempt to terrorize my family.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) December 28, 2023