New Jersey Congressman Introduces Anti-Terrorism Rental Act

(Left to right) Barbara and Jimmy Drake, mother and father of Darren Drake, announce the Darren Drake Act with New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottheimer. Photo courtesy of Congressman Josh Gottheimer
(Left to right) Barbara and Jimmy Drake, mother and father of Darren Drake, announce the Darren Drake Act with New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottheimer. Photo courtesy of Congressman Josh Gottheimer

Congressman Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey's 5th District announced that he plans to introduce the Darren Drake Combatting 21st Century Weapons of Terror Act.

The legislation would require vehicle dealers and rental agencies to provide information to the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center to identify potential terrorist matches.

Under the Darren Drake Act, if a terrorist rents a van or pick-up truck, the rental company must alert federal counterterrorism agencies, providing them with his or her name, home address, driver’s license number, and the registration, make, model, and license plate of the vehicle they plan to use.

The act is named in memory of New Milford resident Darren Drake, who was killed in the October 2017 New York City terrorist truck attack.

Comments

  1. Tony Hayes [ February 1, 2018 @ 04:09AM ]

    How is the rental company supposed to know if the renter is a TERRORIST???

  2. David [ February 1, 2018 @ 09:53AM ]

    We always ask for occupation when filling out the rental agreement. I presume that's when we would find out.

  3. L. Gaertner [ February 1, 2018 @ 05:39PM ]

    Really?? So every time U-Haul, Avis, and a million rental agencies rent a van or truck, they have to tell the gov't? And how does the gov't know it the renter is a terrorist? And how long will the gov't take before they act? Millions of these vehicles are rented each month, and it takes maybe 15 whole minutes for a terrorist to load up the stuff, and maybe another 1/2 hour to drive to the target and blow it up. Or, just hijack one at a gas station. This is just another pathetic effort/power grab by another wealthy, insulated career politician with absolutely no idea how life really works. It's like trying to register box cutters after the 9/11 attacks.

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