I was immensely disappointed, but I am not surprised to hear about your support for a federal assault weapons ban. I am ashamed that my face appears on your campaign literature, due to your support for not only a federal assault weapons ban but also HR8 and HR1112 which greatly expand background checks and create more loops for gun owners to jump through. It is clear that these gun control measures do not represent the interests of your constituents.
For the past decade or so, Police Departments across the country have been implementing new forms gunfire locating technology. ShotSpotter is the primary developer of these technologies. In many urban areas, Police Departments are setting up audio sensors capable of pinpointing the sound of gunfire. They typically place about 15 to 25 of these per square mile. They are “always listening” type devices that start recording once they detect a gunshot. The technology filters out background noise and uses an algorithm to determine what soundwaves could potentially be a gunshot.
On the early morning of July 13th, a member of Antifa attacked the ICE Northwest Detention Center. The detention center serves as a holding facility for those facing deportation. More recently it has also housed parents separated from their children at the border under Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy towards undocumented immigrants. Six hours prior to the attack, a protest was held at the center.
In 2013, the state of Colorado enacted a ban on magazines with a capacity of over 15 rounds. The sale, transfer, and possession of “large capacity magazines” became illegal. This legislation came in wake of the Aurora Theatre and Sandy Hook shooting. The state legislature passed this ban, which then-governor John Hickenlooper added his signature to. The ban became law on July 1st, 2013.
On May 31st, 2019, a shooter open fired and killed 12 in Virginia Beach’s Municipal Center. The shooter used two pistols to carry out this attack. Both of the shooter’s handguns were .45 caliber and legally owned and purchased. USA Today reports that the shooter attached a suppressor to at least one handgun. Police responded to the scene which led to a “long gun battle” in which the shooter was killed.