Miami Police Chief Calls for More Federal Gun Control in Wake of Mass Murders in His City

Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo. (Photo: MPD)

The chief of the Miami Police Department is blaming two high-profile drive-by shootings over the weekend on a supposed lack of federal gun control. The incidents left three people dead and at least 26 people wounded.

“It’s just an indication of the problem we have with the scourge of gun violence in this country that we need to do much more at a federal level to stop,” Art Acevedo, chief of the Miami Police Department, told CBS’ Face the Nation.

“We need to have universal background checks. We need to make burglarizing these licensed gun stores a federal crime with mandatory sentencing. And we need the federal government and both sides to address this issue,” he said. “Because without legislation, without certainty as it relates to holding these criminal accountable, we’re never going to get through this summer without much more death and destruction.”

On Sunday, three men with guns opened fire in a drive-by shooting at a banquet hall that left three people dead and 23 wounded. On Monday, another drive-by shooting left two people wounded while another attempted robbery turned into a gunfight.

The three men responsible for the Sunday incident are still at large. Police say they exited a white Nissan Pathfinder and opened fire on a crowd outside a banquet hall with handguns and “assault rifles.” Law enforcement do not know how the men obtained their firearms.

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Police say they do not know the precise motivation of the murderers, but that it likely stemmed from a dispute between two gangs. The men waited in their car for about 40 minutes before exiting and firing on the crowd.

Several people in the crowd were armed, and they opened fire on the attackers.

The banquet hall shooting was the sixth known instance of gun-related violence since Thursday, according to the Miami Herald. County Commissioner Keon Hardemon called the string of attacks “clear… acts of domestic terrorism.”

Like most major American cities, Miami saw a sharp uptick in homicides in 2020 while the nation’s gun laws remained virtually the same. There were 272 homicides through December 24, 2020, while the previous year saw only 241, according to The Miami Times.

Federal gun control laws aren’t the only thing chief Acevedo pinned as responsible for his city’s rise in violent crime. He also called out the nation’s criminal justice system for allowing felons to operate on the streets while their cases are stuck in court.

“Our criminal court system across this country is absolutely at a standstill. They are not moving cases, thousands of felons running around, and cases languishing three to five, six years before they even go to court. We’ve got to get our system back on track,” he said.

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  • Big Al 45 June 16, 2021, 9:40 am

    Yeah, gun violence is bad, just the other day I had to jump on top of one of my ‘assault rifles’ and restrain it from going off.
    It has shown itself to be the one with the greatest violent tendencies.
    Those damn guns just can’t be trusted, they do whatever they want.

  • Tom June 9, 2021, 9:36 am

    Chief. Looks like you have a good old fashioned gangland issue. Sounds like the shooters were hitting on a rival group for , well what ever reason they do it for. Dont cry to the feds, they ain’t going to be doing anything with the federal sentencing guidelines already on the books. Activate you hang unit and get them on the street.
    How the hell did you ever get the job there? You screwed up Austin and then Houston, now Miami. Guess the fools who hired you are really proud of themselves now.

  • CDR Jeff Wiersma June 7, 2021, 4:18 pm

    There’s a saying “It’s a sad Truth, but in this country Shit does float to the top, more often than not!”
    That would apply to this Chief of Police!! Luckily, Sheriff’s are the ultimate authority and they have actually read the Constitution and The Bill of Rights where it plainly states that that owning firearms is a God Given Right, as is an armed Militia!
    I would hope that someone is working on that and I hope everyone finally realizes that they better get off their asses and join the local Militia!! The media has done a great job of stigmatizing anyone who is in a militia
    But who even watches the fake media?? We should all be watching Newsmax or Fox for the real news, Fox is even putting out some fake news…..
    How many of you think that that dumbass police chief was a product of affirmative action AKA put the stupidest non-white guy in the higher level jobs!! By now affirmative action is no longer needed, The person who excelled in college/Universities and even highschool should and will be getting the best jobs!! Reverse racism is rampant, and is out of control!
    The Black Woman who spoke to Yale Medical School students and told them it’s her fantasy to hold her revolver to a white mans head and pull the trigger should have her concealed carry permit revoked immediately!!! Did the security at Yale check her for said revolver????? I doubt it.
    White people need to organize and have leadership groups in every college and university and all Branches of Uniformed Service!

  • BR549 June 6, 2021, 7:32 pm

    I notice, yet again, that there is never any mention of the continued large scale citizen disenfranchisement foisted upon the population by politicians that have no idea about people management.

    The Framers gave us the 2nd Amendment so that the citizens would have to become a necessary part of their own sense of safety, yet over 100 years ago, globalist and European banker friendly politicians saw fit to relieve the average citizen of the “mundane burden” of having to be “well regulated” through the institution of the quasi-military entity, the National Guard.

    Every day, the average person on the street gets demoted yet another notch so that, now, we have the likes of Bill Gates coming up with overpopulation problem solutions like knocking off the weak and elderly useless eaters through vaccinations.

    Sure people are angry. They are angry at being repeatedly marginalized while having the Constitutional rights stripped away. But instead of understand who is REALLY behind all this, they listen to the crap on the globalist media, which then convinces them that the people responsible for their misery are their fellow citizens, not those who made the laws to allow the socialist media to feed them lies.

  • Pete Faz June 6, 2021, 8:49 am

    He was a P.O.S when he was in Texas–He will now be a P.O.S in Florida

  • Geo Ling June 4, 2021, 11:16 pm

    There is no such thing as gun violence.

    And apparently this PoPo Chief is unable to address the real source of the violence.

    Might need a new Chief.

  • martin deano June 4, 2021, 7:47 pm

    DeSantis, get rid of this pathetic leftist whining anti-American anti-constitution commie dem scumbag.

  • Jim Bean June 4, 2021, 6:06 pm

    someone needs to ask him why he is not in houston anymore they got tired of his bull shit

  • JJD June 4, 2021, 4:35 pm

    For those not aware Art Acevedo rose to prominence as the Chief of the California Highway Patrol, where he capitalized by winning a million dollar law suit against the commissioner…. all the while his co-workers were testifying he was showing off nude photos of a former romantic partner at work- nice guy huh?

    He was police chief in Austin for 9 years but was reprimanded by the city manager for his handling of an officer involved shooting among other things and went to Houston in late 2016 but didn’t last long due to mismanagement (just like Austin).

    He has been a flip-flopper his whole career as first a Republican, then a Democrat for the officers/against the officers, for gun control/against gun control- now he’s moved onto Miami.
    He’s a professional police chief who is only concerned with advancing his career to make a name for himself, caring nothing about the community or the men and women with boots on the ground who do the job!
    There are many others like him and they will sing any tune and show any allegiance as long as they profit from it- he’s a joke!

  • Winston June 4, 2021, 3:13 pm

    One hundred percent of the time the usual solution from the globalist black and tans of Democrat-Covid world is to further dismantle of the Bill of Rights.

  • Clifford Williams June 4, 2021, 2:56 pm

    And if just one person in that facility was legally allowed to carry their firearm while at work this nutcase might just gave died before he could harm more people. More importantly, if he had known that his fellow employees were allowed to carry firearms and that some of them actually were armed he probably would have never considered going in there to kill people.

    This is the consistent pattern with these nutcases! They target facilities they “know” no one will be returning fire on them until the police arrive which is far too late.

    Gun control is not about controlling guns, it is about controlling people, and criminals are not the people they want to control.

  • Tom June 4, 2021, 1:50 pm

    ALL THE SCREAMING LITTLE IGNORANT GNATS START IN WITH THEIR USELESS COMMENST – TYPICAL FOR IGNORANT PEOPLE.
    What ate these gun nut morons babbling about – its pathetic. God forbid someone take their little guns, like a child clutching to their toys as if their life depended upon it – or as if it makes a bit of difference in one’s life if they lost them.
    Here are some really stupid people, the accurately known as DEPLORABLES, because they would rather talk about the grain weight or whether a 9bit mm or .40 has more “stopping” power – as if these great Warriors will ever have to stop anyone (except in their little wet dreams).
    These folks can fondle their guns. -real tough guys – as the world goes to hell because of psychopaths and wanna-be autocrats like trump, (his role model, but someone is way smarter than he is.
    We HAVE GUNS, quite a few, including my Colt 1911 i used in the marines, and was previously carried by my uncle in Okinawa (where he was awarded the Silver Star for bravery under fire as a doctor. So all you blustering, posturing big-time locked and loaded strutting peacocks and John Wayne accolades, WAKE UP.
    LEARN what it means to live in a democracy – not what YOU THINK it means, before lunatics in politics take it away from us…and our pop guns ain’t gonna be any use no matter what brave ass bullshit talk you spout out now.

    • Clifford Williams June 4, 2021, 3:01 pm

      If you are so against guns why are yo on a gun site?
      Fact: Guns don’t kill people, people kill people!
      Fact: An armed society is a safe society!
      Fact: Probably the most con controlled country in the world, the UK, is not homicide free. They currently have an ongoing and growing problem with people being stabbed to death. You see, criminals and crazies are going to find what ever method they can to commit murder! Gun, knife, sword, ax, club, brick, they will always find the what they need to do the deed!

      Taking away honest law abiding citizens ability to defend themselves only makes it easier for the criminals.

      • rob June 5, 2021, 3:31 pm

        Oh Brother , is this Clifford guy under the ether and sucking up the brain washing like a textbook example!
        “guns don’t kill people….” same ignorant bullshit
        “an armed society….” people with limited cognitive abilities love these easy to remember and understand (within their intellectual context) sayings, that’s why they are repeated over and over for the slow – it works in their psyche, and the crooks and morons like the ex-Pres take full advantage of this.

        This guy sounds like another of the rocket scientists with their same idiotic, anti-democratic statements (like the totally BS Republican constant harping about “Socialism.” Wonder why he didn’t throe that one in too – our guns can protect us from the hordes of soon to be invading Socialists, and if its the Democrats we’ll, by god, just KILL them to protect society!
        Most of the blowhards fool like McConnel, Johnson, M. Greene, etc don’t really know anything about Socialism, and their constituents know Less, so the fools suck it up, repeat it over and over, and much of the public has it soaked in their simple brains where they believe it – sad comment on the public intelligence).
        Guns need to be Registered and prospective owners need to be fully vetted…I have waited for days for completion of my registration and background check whenever I bought a gun, so can everyone else – they don’t need the thing immediately, though since many of these folks have Nothing else going on in their lives except a gun, maybe they can’t wait.

    • JSK June 4, 2021, 3:08 pm

      Parroting and spewing left nonsense, well done. To start you may want to read Plato’s 5 regimes and for the best reading, our Constitution and Bill of Right’s. Gathering from your grammatical errors and sentence structures I’m assuming you graduated from public schools and never were exposed to our fine countries documents or history. You’re forgiven and you’re welcome, happy reading!

    • George June 4, 2021, 3:15 pm

      I enjoy listening to babbling foaming at the mouth Anti-Flag/Constitution/Anti Police Circus Clowns. The vast majority of them are loser’s and refer other’s as being ignorant, When they themselves are total FN failures. What ever their reasons are(drugs, spoiled, or just worthless) the fact remains only really, really stupid people judge books by their covers.

      • rob June 6, 2021, 6:10 pm

        Thats the problem with IGNORANT UNDER-EDUCATED FOLKS like this obviously highly educated George. Immediately these type throw out the anti- this and anti-that when they don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground about any of the things they are accusing another to be “anti” about.

        They make these idiotic Assumptions – not based on logic or fact, but broadcast by the fools at Fox and the true democratic Americans like McConnell (that guy couldn’t get away from his own shadow without changing direction 100 x and making BS excuses – he clearly is past his time and needs to start sitting in rocking chairs and knitting socks).

        You IGNORANT fool, did you even bother to READ what was written before you started foaming at the mouth sand losing control of your bodily functions – where would the slightest hint of any intelligence allow one to conclude I was anti- anything….YOU IDIOT!

        Go stroke your gun and rant and rave about anti this and that – sounds like an activity like this might occupy your spare time – instead of THINKING about your words and what your conclusions are based upon. Think instead of being led by the nose by the babbling nincompoops at State tv and the trumplicans!

        …and to the brilliant JSK admonishing one to read Plato’s 5 regimes, well, you probably don’t have a clue but he gives an example of a man who personifies the types – and who better than Trump for Tyranny and Timocracy…and by extension others known by differing terms but standing for the same ruinous, effete, self control over all…democracy be damned!

    • pete June 4, 2021, 3:27 pm

      Well Said, Tom. all we get on this site is idiotic comments by, as you call them, “brain-dead” idiots that put gun ownership on a plain equal to all other rights and important rights to Life, Liberty and…gun ownership is cool and fun but it is NOT NECESSARY to a full life unless your i.q. # maybe equals a .38cal – what an empty, terrible, bereft, incomplete life if a fat-assed lazy slop beer guzzling guy can’t own an 30 round AR, or a 100 round Tommy gun – life just wouldn’t be worth living – but you could distract, go beat your wife/sister, go shoot some rabbits with a .22, go to a Trump rally with that idiotic red cap (showing just what an idiot you truly are).

      Yea, I have always liked and owner guns of all types, but me and my friends are not of the mentality expressed on this site with these ridiculous statements made by readers, many of which are just Wrong and NON-Factual (a legacy of that pathologic lying asshole president), ill-informed, fantasies of poorly developed minds, those lacking ability to Think for themselves based on fact and logic, lobotomized followers of Fox, and just plain stupid.
      So people that have educations, that care truly about Democracy (Real, not Trumpian an ti-democracy), that care about others, the environment, our place in the world with allies, etc. speak up, or the Brown Shirts might be on your street while you slumber (they already are in the form of Qanon and the Proud Boys, etc. and that totally luney tunes Marjorie Taylor Greene – are you kidding me, elected in the USA, this hateful, racist, off kilter, nutcase!?).
      God help democracy and this country going forward…hope our kids don’t have to live under autocrats and power mad wanna be dictators

    • JRD June 4, 2021, 6:04 pm

      Hey Tom…Still hating on Trump I see. Running your mouth because some people with guns did something to allow you to speak freely. Not that anyone can understand or agree with what you’re saying you still have that right. Take a look at history Tom, especially the German Nazi era. You, little man should be thankful you live in a great FREE country like the USA. You could always move to china if you don’t like it here. Now put on your big boy pants, quit crying and be a good little man.

      • rob June 5, 2021, 3:49 pm

        OH THAT’S RICH, you mention the Nazi era, yet you have no idea of the STUPIDITY of your statement. Yes, look at the Nazi insurrection, study it, and you will find an incredible similarity with the fascist proposed mentality of trump; what he stated and promoted has an uncanny resemblance to the inception of fascism. Its not about what you want or think, nor the other minions of ignorance, its about what’s SAID and one’s Actions – and these were extremely obvious and unequivocal (for most to comprehend).
        Wake up, try to get your brain thinking, and off auto-pilot robot control.

        We saw the psycho trump insurrection, and if one cannot see the similarity between this, the words and events leading up to and encapsulating the event and others like it, then they are either just plain ignorant or secretly promoting their hateful agenda while stating their bullshit love for democracy and patriotism (neither of which words many of these people understand except as related to their small, little, sad world). We WERE ON THE WAY TO A MAN WHO WOULD BE DICTATOR, since he was so envious of all the other dictatorial leaders in the world – fortunately he was too friggin’ stupid (and the public saw what a dangerous nutcase he was), too much of a liar, too much of a BS’er to retain control.

        • kc (sire/your majesty) June 25, 2021, 6:36 am

          Hey rob, (great screen name, by the way), you do know that WRITING IN CAPS DOESN’T MAKE YOU RIGHT, don’t you? It just makes you look like one of the FOAMING AT THE MOUTH MORONS you claim to disdain. But thanks for BRINGING YOUR LIKE MINDED FRIENDS TO THE PARTY. It always adds more to a discussion when someone BEGINS YELLING AT RANDOM AT OTHERS. Maybe you should WEAR EAR PROTECTION AT THE RANGE. But thanks for participating. I was wondering what happened to Art Assevedo, anyway. Now I know.

    • Rick June 5, 2021, 9:53 am

      @Tom: Well, aren’t you the sweetest, warmest, most understanding person, bless your heart.

      I hope that if you are ever attacked with deadly force, you can just successfully wish the attack to stop.

      Many of us would preferred to be prepared.

      BTW, I have also been down to fondle the various fire extinguishers and flashlights in my home. 8>)

      • Rick June 5, 2021, 9:54 am

        “known”, not “down”. Damn autocorrect.

      • Tom June 5, 2021, 6:32 pm

        Being prepared is good, we learned in the military situational awareness.
        but for all you heroes that talk this ridiculous nonsense about defending yourselves in an attck, you’re living like Capt. America in a fantasy of your creation.

        First, the chances of you getting attacked are ridiculously LOW – you have a better chance of getting hit by a car, choking on a piece of steak, having your balls cut off by a jealous lover, or winning the Boston Marathon – all this Cowboy bullshit notwithstanding.

        Secondly, the chances of you defending all the little people in harm’s way are ridiculously LOW – you have a better chance of getting hit by a car, choking on a piece of steak, having your balls cut off by a jealous lover, or winning the Boston Marathon – all this Cowboy bullshit notwithstanding.

        Thirdly, the chances of you besting an attacker, or gun violence from the lunatic fringe and the “patriots” are ridiculously LOW – you have a better chance of getting hit by a car, choking on a piece of steak, having your balls cut off by a jealous lover, or winning the Boston Marathon – all this Cowboy bullshit notwithstanding.

        Leave your guns at home big tough guy. if you wanna protect someone become a cop (like I was in a big city for 7 years!). Cops DO NOT generally want wild eyed wanna be Lone Ranger citizens sporting guns and popping off rounds into the universe to protect someone. The chances of an ordinary citizen successfully thwarting an attack are….well, you know….

    • No1Hunter June 5, 2021, 10:18 am

      The gun is not the problem, son, it is an idiot problem. Until we get back to punishing people for the crime rather than a slap on the wrist, what you, your uncle, my dad and many uncles fought for will never come back. To think none of my guns, nor the guns my dad and uncles had EVER were involved in a crime or killed someone should be taken away because of policies our idiot politicians have implements is pure asinine. Sad, it seems you have an anger issue. Maybe your guns s/b removed under your red flag laws!

    • Shanz June 5, 2021, 2:01 pm

      It’s called a Constitutional Republic. Did you know that? It’s funny how the most vile hateful comments on here and on most threads are from Democrats. You guys are sick with hate.

  • Bumper June 4, 2021, 12:51 pm

    NEVER, in the minds of a few four-star generals, er, police chiefs, the position that people are the problem and they’ll manage to commit crime with any item including their dragging knuckles. Maybe the idiocy dominates their little worlds when that microphone and cameras appear.

  • D Bamsch June 4, 2021, 12:48 pm

    He failed in Austin, Houston and now Miami, what a surprise on someone who always blamed something else.

  • Derek W Tiller June 4, 2021, 12:19 pm

    Isn’t this the same asshole who was calling for more gun control after his cops lied, knocked down the door at 7815 Harding Street, murdered Dennis Tuttle, Rhogena Nicholas and their dog, ransacked the house and then lied some more? He needs to shut his stupid face.

  • mrpski June 4, 2021, 11:50 am

    If you have not read enough chief I will keep it short. Your city stinks. It stinks when I lived in S. Florida 50 years ago & it still stnks now. You keep the pretty beachfront area clean for the tourists which pay your salary but do nothing to sweep up the trash that prey on your citizens like this. Jeez Louise chief it is the people not the guns. Guns, like a hammer or meat cleaver are tools.

  • K eith Kyle June 4, 2021, 11:41 am

    Chief your head is firmly planted in your butt. Laws do not stop criminals, laws are for honest folk. If you did your job effectively those criminals in your city and on your streets would be behind bars and the illegal weapons would be off the streets. You are not a LEO, you’re a bureaucrat. A whining one at best.

  • Russ June 4, 2021, 11:23 am

    Hey Chief instead of playing games direct your Officers to start arresting the human sewage. Stop playing to the black minority. Arresting criminals is not racist. Because blacks commit the majority of violent crime it goes to say you will and should arrest more of them. Also have the cities end the black Memorial Day travesty. They market it to blacks but every year when they show up gun violence and just plain criminality increases greatly. Do your job instead of blaming others.

  • Gene June 4, 2021, 10:53 am

    Political assholes with badges won’t curb gun violence, or any other kind of violence. End catch-and-release for criminals, start holding people accountable for their actions

  • American June 4, 2021, 10:52 am

    No.
    We need to stop gang violence and the culture that makes it cool to young people.We need to get back to teaching our kids right and wrong.We need to stop all this PC BS.We need to stop listening to priveledged idiot celebrity’s,criminals who are now stars,career politicians,and watchdog groups who are making money off the issues,and most of all media like this site.Really,look at all the idiots who voted for another career politicians who talks about what we need to do to change for the better,but in his entire career has done nothing to make that happen.This country has created a population of educated idiots with no common sense.
    “The only thing that separates a citizen from a slave is a gun.”
    SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED UPON
    The Resident is a TRAITOR
    Will not comply

  • Carl F Schnackel June 4, 2021, 10:38 am

    These gun grabbing liberals keep preaching the same ineffective BS. He said the problem himself. The courts are at a standstill and dangerous criminals are not getting tried and sentenced. They’re just allowed to keep roaming the streets and doing what they do. The “Soros” elected DA’s aren’t prosecuting many of them. In New York, a judge recently let a murderer walk out, without even posting bail, because their laws are so weak on actual criminals. Instead they would rather go after law abiding gun owners, as if they are the problem. We already have background checks, yet they keep whining about needing background checks.

    A policeman I know told me he used to work in the jail and would often have conversations with the inmates. One time he asked them where they were able to get their guns since they weren’t allowed to buy one legally. They would laugh at him and say that they just give $300 to “Timo” on the corner and they would get their gun without any problems. Yet, liberal politicians, and that’s what this ‘chief’ is, will always feel that punishing law abiding citizens will serve their interests better than actually going after criminals. Sounds like Chief Acevedo needs to do his job instead of blaming federal gun laws and law abiding citizens.

  • TwoDogs June 4, 2021, 10:31 am

    Gun store burglary is already a federal beef. What Miami and every other deadly s**thole city in the country need is jogger control, not gun control. Take the bangers and gangstas off the street and keep them off.

  • T-Road June 4, 2021, 10:26 am

    A police chief who has come out as pro gun control, where is the story here ? They occupy a sort of no man’s land between their charges (cops) who are overwhelmingly pro gun rights, and political hacks, and their administrations who are afraid of armed citizens, and therefore oppose citizens. being armed. I’ve never seen a parallel drawn, but I’d be willing to bet that in cities where a Republican administration is solidly in control, that the police chief being appointed, as opposed to sheriffs, which are elected, is a lot more likely to be supportive of an individual’s right to keep an bare arms. That may, or may not be obvious or even right, but I think that would be an interesting study.

  • JD June 4, 2021, 10:12 am

    Art might as well be calling for laws against killing people. They would be just as effective in stopping these crimes as the ones he is ranting over.

  • Rick O'Shay June 4, 2021, 9:24 am

    Apparently communist Acevedo’s Miami has a crime problem that he blames on guns and not his slacking police force under his lame leadership. Breaking into gun shops and stealing guns and gangs running amok will not be halted by imposing more unconstitutional gun control laws on law abiding citizens but severe and harsh penalties for crimes might reduce these gang shootings. What do you say Art? Time to start doing a better job in your city called little Cuba? Take your gun control and shove it up your backside.

  • Jack June 4, 2021, 8:56 am

    Why is this publication pro gun control?

  • M2A June 4, 2021, 8:47 am

    He was a political hack in Austin always blaming someone or something else. He used his ineffectiveness to increase spending ran up debt and crime then moves on to the next democratic target to do the same. He went to Houston now Miami.

    • Atxsniper June 4, 2021, 10:27 am

      Let me add one more thing to his rap sheet. He was originally indoctrinated by either LA Co Sheriff or the LAPD & retired from there Another lackey taking his show on the road.

  • SD June 4, 2021, 8:44 am

    While I agree with most of these posts, and I don’t know the guy personally and have never heard of him, I think he’s right about one thing. Burglarizing gun stores absolutely SHOULD be a federal crime with mandatory sentencing. That’s where so many of the guns used in crimes are obtained. He also mentioned “holding criminals accountable”. Who’s against that? The universal background checks are already a federal law for FFL’s. I have no problem with selling or gifting a firearm to someone you know, but for your own protection you should keep record of who you bought from or sold to (especially if it is a stranger) because if it is ever used in a crime it can be traced back to the last registered owner. We do not need any laws that make it harder for law abiding citizens to buy a gun but we do need to keep them out of the hands of criminals who give us all a bad name and the media ammunition. Long mandatory sentences and strict law enforcement on the existing laws would go a long way to improving our problem.

    • jrkmt1 June 4, 2021, 2:15 pm

      Burglarizing gun stores already IS a federal crime and dealers are required by law to report all thefts of firearms, both to local law enforcement and the ATF.
      When someone speaks of “Universal Background Checks”, they are talking about having background checks conducted on all private sales between individuals. (Twenty-eight states require background checks on private sales and transfers at gun shows. The only time a licensed dealer (FFL holder) performs a UBC is when the state they operate in mandates it. (Twenty-eight states require background checks on private sales and transfers at gun shows. At least 15 of those states require background checks on ALL private sales and transfers conducted within the state.)
      More guns are stolen from private residences than are from gun shops. Most firearms acquired by criminals are done so through the local black market.
      Unfortunately, most District Attorneys will drop gun charges during a plea deal to get a quick conviction on lesser charges.

      • SD June 4, 2021, 5:55 pm

        Actually anytime an FFL holder does a transfer he is required to do a background check wether the transfer is private or not. An individual may do a private transfer in some states without a background check. Many states require a background check for private transfers also. The loophole is in many states that require background checks for private transfers, it is for “sales” only. You can legally “gift” a firearm to someone who lives in the same state without a background check.

    • RY June 4, 2021, 3:33 pm

      “gun stores absolutely SHOULD be a federal crime with mandatory sentencing” . Except that the Chief works for the City of Miami, under the authority given to him by the STATE of Florida. By saying the Feds should handle this, he’s saying, “I don’t want the responsibility of handling this crime that occurred in my City”. If Mr. Acevedo wants stricter laws that he has the authority to enforce, he should be looking to his state legislature to enact the laws and pressure the Florida governor to sign it. He has no business abdicating his responsibilities to the Feds. He is making this claim to get the eyes off of his ineffectiveness and onto a red herring.

  • gary holfstra June 4, 2021, 8:32 am

    Good old Art Acevado – this liberal Police Chief gets run our of the most liberal city in Texas, Austin, then heads to Houston where he doesn’t last long – now he’s on to Miami? He started in that bastion of liberal land, California. He needs to concentrate on being a cop, not a politician. Art-if you wanna play political games then man up and run for office, stop hiding behind the badge.

    • Randy Rowley June 4, 2021, 9:22 am

      You’re spot on. Even The People’s Republic of Austin wasn’t liberal enough for him.

    • SD June 4, 2021, 5:58 pm

      Careful what you wish for gary

  • Dr Motown June 4, 2021, 8:29 am

    So, he knows NOTHING about perps or how they obtained their weapons…..BUT he’s pre-determined the “solutions.” Typical leftist

  • Texf6 June 4, 2021, 8:26 am

    Just Google this career “politician “ police chief. While here in Houston he was always spouting off on all matters political. Just do your job Art! Oh wait. Being a mouthpiece puppet for the left mayors of major cities is your job. While here under his watch two people were killed in a no knock warrant and were innocent of the alleged reasons of the raid. It was a terrible set of circumstances. So he runs to Miami for his next assignment. Typical.

  • Keith Powley June 4, 2021, 8:09 am

    Here’s a novel idea… How about we ENFORCE the existing laws and stop penalizing law abiding citizens?!? The media is complicit in spreading the myth of gun control as the solution to gun violence.

    • Jack Jellison June 4, 2021, 8:38 am

      Excellent idea! But way over the heads of the power hungry!

  • NeoBlackdog June 4, 2021, 7:55 am

    We don’t need more damn gun control. What we need is criminal control. When you take care of the crime problem then the guns become a non-issue.

    • Clifford Williams June 4, 2021, 3:10 pm

      Stop and frisk! it worked in NY under Rudy and it will work everywhere it is implemented. If your concerned about blacks being targeted by this policy then do something about the fact that 80%+ of all homicides are committed by black men. If your trying to stop murders in these black communities, then it only makes sense to stop and frisk black men in these communities to see if they are carrying an illegal firearm.

    • SD June 4, 2021, 6:00 pm

      Truer words were never spoken

  • shrugger June 4, 2021, 7:27 am

    Clearly incompetent. Needs fired immediately.

  • Dr. Strangelove June 4, 2021, 7:23 am

    Funny how the cities with the most gun laws have the most crime, and they still want more gun laws. While not taking responsibility for their own problems, they blame neighboring counties and states without gun crime for the problem.

    • Clifford Williams June 4, 2021, 3:14 pm

      And that is another lie from the Left. You cannot go to another state and purchase a firearm. If I as a Florida resident, want to buy a gun from a GA dealer it must be transferred to an FFL dealer in my home state which will perform the background check.

      The Left always brings these things up because they know the average person (especially Democrats) are completely ignorant of the law!

  • Steven Parker June 4, 2021, 7:15 am

    Sounds like he isn’t or can’t do his job, If they are still at large? More Laws won’t do any good. Isn’t murder already illegal?

    • SD June 4, 2021, 6:03 pm

      Well Steven, that’s not necessarily true. Cops killing blacks is illegal, whites killing blacks is illegal but blacks killing blacks (or whites) is ignored so it must be legal.

  • Erik June 4, 2021, 5:48 am

    Thank God this clown moved to Florida. He sucked as a chief here in Houston. He was beating the same drum here. Thankfully this is TEXAS and we have a staunch 2A supporter as Governor!

    • Harper Jones III June 4, 2021, 7:13 am

      AMEN

    • Shanz June 5, 2021, 2:11 pm

      I give Texas 5 more years tops b4 it’s California. Commy libs are like a cancer.

  • John Keith June 4, 2021, 5:23 am

    I’m a retired LEO from a rural county next to Austin. My friends at the PD said the only thing faster than a speeding bullet was Art rushing to get in front of the TV cameras. He shows no support for his officers. He is only interested in making a name for himself. And his liberal ideas

  • Criffers June 4, 2021, 4:59 am

    These laws only affect law abiding citizens NOT criminals. These jerks will not prosecute so we the citizens are the only ones who follow the law.

  • Al June 4, 2021, 4:07 am

    This idiot has no clue what his talking about, he just got here. The real problem is the lack of enforcement from the Miami and Miami-dade police, and black on black crime that the media keeps on ignoring.

  • pjw June 4, 2021, 3:18 am

    The Police chief and mayor of Miami as the
    majority of major cities leaders don’t have the political will to address the problem of gang violence and black on black lethal attacks. Afraid to offend a major constituent group of Democratic Party voters they refuse take the necessary action to end the problem. The red herring of gun control is the dog whistle they have played for 60 years or more.

  • SuperG June 2, 2021, 9:49 am

    Police chief’s are the sycophants of the Mayor, as that is who hires and fires them, so they mimic whatever the Mayor says. The problem is that you have an infestation of gangs there, and you need to go after them. But that would be preemptive police work.

  • Mark N. June 2, 2021, 1:18 am

    Art has been banging the same drum for a long time, and it has done well for him. He started as the Chief in Austin, then moved up to Houston, and then on, presumably with a fat raise, to Miami. IN each and every post, he has castigated the lack of will to enact “tough” gun control laws that will keep dangerous firearms out of the hands of criminals. As if.

  • Alan Hook June 1, 2021, 3:37 pm

    Miami police chief circumvented the problem until the last part of this article or the author got it wrong- you have the necessary laws in place. you need to get YOUR courts to act. you also need to come down hard on street/drug gangs before you whine for more gun laws that you won’t enforce anyway !!

    • Clifford Williams June 4, 2021, 3:23 pm

      Stop and frisk worked in NY under Rudy. It was not the average black citizen that complained, why would they, their neighborhoods were the safest they had been in decades! It was the activist who complained. Why? Because they do not want black neighborhoods to be safe. They want black people scared, poor, and only focused on those “evil white supremacists” that are keeping them down. If blacks are able to succeed then they no longer need Leftists! That is something the Leftist cannot allow to happen.

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