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Introduced in House (03/07/1996)

Biological Weapons Enhanced Penalties Act of 1996 - Amends the Federal criminal code to include within the scope of prohibitions relating to biological weapons: (1) attempts to acquire biological agents, toxins, recombinant molecules, or delivery systems under false pretenses; and (2) specified actions with respect to recombinant molecules.

Includes within the definition of: (1) "biological agent" certain naturally occurring or bioengineered components of a microorganism, virus, or infectious substance; (2) "toxin" the toxic material of plants, animals, microorganisms, viruses, fungi, or infectious substances; (3) "vector" a molecule, including a recombinant molecule, capable of carrying a biological agent or toxin to a host; and (4) "weapon of mass destruction" any weapon involving a biological agent or toxin.

Includes, within the scope of provisions prohibiting and setting penalties for use of weapons of mass destruction, threatening to use such weapons.