The recently signed into law anti-gang b …

The recently signed into law anti-gang bill piqued my interest, so I decided to see just how they defined a gang. For example, could my gaming group be construed as a gang? From the text of the bill:

As used in this Article, ‘criminal street gang’ or ‘street gang’ means any ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, that:

  1. Has as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more felony offenses, or delinquent acts that would be felonies if committed by an adult;
  2. Has three or more members individually or collectively engaged in, or who have engaged in, criminal street gang activity; and
  3. May have a common name, common identifying sign or symbol.

So, to summarize, a criminal gang is an organization that

  1. Commits crimes, and is therefore already illegal
  2. engages in gang activity
  3. and has a name or logo.

What’s gang activity defined as? “[T]o commit, to attempt to commit, or to solicit, coerce, or intimidate another person to commit an act or acts, with the specific intent that such act or acts were intended or committed for the purpose, or in furtherance, of the person’s involvement in a criminal street gang or street gang.”

A gang is an organization that engages in gang activity, which is activity that furthers a gang. I guess it’s turtles all the way down on this one.

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