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The NGC Legislation Page includes an expansive listing of gang-related laws. The statutory citations are organized by state and subject, and for each statutory provision, users are directed to find the full provisions on each state’s official state code website. For the user’s convenience, the URL for the official code for each state is included with the listing of the state’s gang-related statutes. This approach enables the user to access statutory changes (e.g., a new law or an amendment to or repeal of an existing law) as soon as the state updates its official code.

To find the full, official text of a particular statute, look up the section number on the state’s official code website using that site’s search function. Each state’s heading within NGC’s legislation listings contains that state’s associated website URL.

For example, to find “Fla. Stat. § 812.133”:

  1. Go to Florida’s statute website at http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/.
  2. Enter the section number 812.133 into the search box toward the top of the page.
  3. Florida’s website will return the result(s) for Fla. Stat. § 812.133.

NOTE: In some states, the state law is organized into chapters (e.g., 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/12-2) or consists of different codes (e.g., California Penal Code, California Education Code). If so, select the chapter (e.g., the number “720” indicates the chapter number in the citation 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/12-2) or code before entering the section number in the search box.

Alternatively, users may copy the full official citation (e.g., Fla. Stat. § 812.133) into a search engine of their choice (for example, using Google to search for the aforementioned citation: https://www.google.com/search?q=Fla. Stat. § 812.133) to help locate the law on the state’s official website and the websites of other providers that offer online legal information, such as state and federal statutes, case law, and legal news and analysis.