(place victim’s name here)’s Law

I agree with James Mennie that Anastasia’s Law seems more like political opportunism than any serious effort at gun control.

Here are some other laws named after victims:

Burton H. Greene Memorial Act

Named for one of US Representative Nita Lowey’s (D-NY) constituents killed by a repeat offender drunk driver, this law, formally known as the .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration Law, withholds federal highway funds for states that do not pass .08 laws by 2004. (Federal, enacted 10/23/00)

Kristen’s Act

Named in honor Kristen Modafferri, 18, vanished in 1997. Authorizes grants to organizations to search for missing adults who may be endangered due to diminished mental c a p a c i t y, age, or suspected foul play. (Federal, enacte d 11/9/00)

Jennifer’s Law

Named for Jennifer Wi l m e r, 21, missing since 1993. Authorizes $2 million for states to apply for competitive grants to cover the cost of entering files of unidentified victims into national missing person databases. (Federal, enacted 3/10/00)

Aimee’s Law

Named for Aimee Willard, 22, raped and murdered by a released killer. Penalizes states that release a convicted murderer, rapist, or child molester from prison and that criminal is later convicted of those crimes in a different state. The releasing state loses federal funds that instead will be used to compensate the second state for incarceration and prosecution of the offender. (Federal, enacted 10/28/00)

Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sex Offender Registration Act

Named for Jacob Wetterling, 11, abducted by a masked man at gunpoint near his home in St. Joseph, MN. The law mandates that each state create a very narrowly drawn specific program to register sex offenders. (Federal, enacted 1994)

Hillary J. Farias and Samantha Reid Date-Rape Drug Prevention Act

Adds gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), a substance used in the commission of sexual assault, to Schedule I of the C o n t r o lled Substances Act and funds a date-rape dru g awareness campaign. (Federal, enacted 12/18/00)

Bryan’s Law

Named for Bryan Dylan Nisenfeld, disappeared in the spring of 1997 from his college, Roger Williams University. His partial remains were found six months later. Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 by requiring institutions of higher education to notify parents if their child is reported missing. Upon notification of a missing student, the authority has 24 hours to verify the student is safe before being required to notify parents. (Federal, enacted 2/10/00)

Clery Act

Named for Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery, 19, assaulted and murdered while asleep in her dormitory room. Requires colleges and universities throughout the nation to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. (Federal, enacted 1990).

Amy Robinson Memorial Act

Named after a mentally challenged teenager abducted and murdered by co-workers. Mandates that employers provide written notice to parents or legal guardians who have children under 18 or dependents with mental or physical handicaps that their child is working with a person convicted of a violent crime. (Federal, introduced May, 2001)

Cassie’s Law

Named for Cassie Dehl, killed by her abusive boyfriend. Provides for parents to obtain restraining orders on behalf of their minor children to protect them from abusive dating partners. (Idaho, enacted in April 2000)

Katie’s Law

Named for Katie Poirer, abducted May 2000 from Moose Lake, MN, still missing. This law provides funding to improve the tracking of sex offenders and increases the access of law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges to information about criminals, etc. Requires sex offenders to give the state detailed personal information when they register. (Minnesota, enacted 4/3/00)

Michael Minger Act

Named for Murray State University student killed in an arson fire in his residence hall. Requires state higher education institutions to submit reports about crimes within 24 hours. Expands campus crime reporting requirements to include arson. (Kentucky, enacted 3/28/00)

Lizzie’s Law

Named for Lizzie Thompson, 3, witnessed her mother’s murder by her father. The father subsequently attempted to get court-ordered visitation with his daughter. This law prohibits the granting of visitation rights to a parent who has been co n v i c ted of murdering the other parent. (Massachusetts, enacted in 1997)

Sherrice Iverson Child Victim Protection Act

Named for Sherrice Iverson, 7, raped and killed. The perpetrator’s friend was nearby but did not report the crime. This law requires witnesses to report sexual or violent crimes against children under 14. (California, enacted 9/6/00)

Brian’s Bill

Named for Brian Beacon, victim of a hit and run crash. Extends the statute of limitations on hit and run cases and toughens penalties for drivers who leave the scene when a person is injured or killed. (Maryland, enacted May 1998)

Ashley’s Laws

Named for Ashley Estell, 7, allegedly abducted from a crowded park by a paroled sex offender. This series of laws requires, among others, notifying the public when a sex offender moves into the community. (Texas, enacted 1995)

Jenna’s Law

Named for nursing student Jenna Greishaber, 22, stabbed and bludgeoned to death by a recently paroled violent felon. Ends parole for violent offenders. (New York, enacted 1998)

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