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sanb909
04-07-2009, 8:54 PM
Several threads have dealt with machine guns used by criminals as a mechanism that triggered the 1986 "Gun Owners Protection Act" (a misnomers if there ever was one). Specifically, it has been alleged that drug dealers used either factory-made automatic pistols of the MAC-10/Tec 9/Uzi type, or converted the semi-automatic versions of the same. Is this true? Aside from Scarface and Miami Vice, how prevalent were these guns?

I don't recall from the Miami FBI shootout that the above types of weapons were used, nor have I heard about them in non-Hollywood recollections of this period.

How much were these types of guns really a factor in the 1986 (or other acts of gun control)?

Another issue I'm interested in is the extent to which the AK-series was used in criminal activity. Again, other than the Stockton shooting and a few other attacks on un-armed civilians, these don't seem to me as commonly used guns by organized criminals.

b.faust
04-07-2009, 9:00 PM
It's been a few years since i've seen this, but if I recall the movie "Cocaine Cowboys" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380268/) had a bit of information the cartel weapon usage in the 80's.
The "FBI Shootout" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1986_FBI_Miami_shootout) you're referring to, saw the agents up against a 12 gauge, a .357 wheel gun and a Mini-14.

sanb909
04-07-2009, 9:14 PM
"The "FBI Shootout" you're referring to, saw the agents up against a 12 gauge, a .357 wheel gun and a Mini-14."

Thanks, I couldn't remember the firearms used but I was quite certain they weren't among the ones I'd named.