There's a saying: "He who rises high, falls far." And for rapper Tekashi69, the fall looks to be very far indeed.
The real question, now as then, is how to keep citizens safe while honoring the spirit and intent of the Constitution's Second Amendment.
It's not hard to see a future where many states allow so-called "constitutional carry" - your gun on your hip or in your purse - so long as it's not a submachine gun.
Drug trafficking crimes will trigger mandatory minimum sentences at both the state and federal level. Possession of a deadly weapon - like a gun - during the commission of a drug crime is considered an aggravating factor that will mean more time in prison upon conviction. Under federal law, it doesn't matter if you actually fire the gun during a drug crime or if you aide and abet the firing of the gun, you will be punished the same if found guilty of possessing a gun during the commission of a drug offense.
A Johnston County Teacher's Assistant was accused by federal prosecutors of selling drugs within 1000 feet of a school. Twenty-nine year old Winston Evans faces four counts of federal drug charges related to two instances that took place earlier this year, according to the Department of Justice.
A former Marine from North Carolina will be in federal court for sentencing after pleading guilty to exporting firearms without a license and traveling in foreign commerce to deal in firearms without a license. The federal charges for gun smuggling stem from an incident last year.