Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed new “anti-mob” legislation that would expand the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
The law, which was passed in 2005, allows those who feel a reasonable threat of death or bodily injury to “meet force with force” rather than retreat.
DeSantis’ new proposal is in response to the series of police brutality protests that began this summer, after the death of George Floyd, a black man, who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer. The Floyd killing sparked months of riots and other police officer shootings which led to growing violence around the country and caused up to $2 billion in insurance property damage.
In September, DeSantis pledged to crack down on “violent and disorderly assemblies.”
DeSantis’ proposal would increase criminal penalties for engaging in “violent or disorderly assemblies” and would make blocking traffic during a protest a third-degree felony, The Miami Herald reports. It would also offer immunity to drivers who say they accidentally injured or killed protesters who block traffic and would withhold state funds from local governments that cut law enforcement budgets.
DeSantis has been a long-standing ally of Trump’s. In fact, during election season, DeSantis raised money for Trump’s campaign, attended Trump rallies and advocated alongside him for school and business reopenings.
Trump won Florida, beating Democratic nominee Joe Biden by nearly four points, a substantially larger margin than the president’s win against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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