Fox News reports that William Spangler, who shot 4 firefighters, killing two, in a Webster, NY ambush yesterday used a “Bushmaster” semi-automatic rifle for his dastardly deed. According to New York State law the Bushmaster is banned;
It shall be unlawful to possess any “assault weapon” or “large capacity ammunition feeding device.” So called assault weapons lawfully possessed prior to September 14, 1994 and large capacity ammunition feeding devices manufactured prior to such date can continue to be lawfully possessed..
“Assault weapon” is defined as:
A semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least two of the following characteristics:
a folding or telescoping stock
a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the actionof the weapon
a bayonet mount
a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor
a grenade launcher
The Bushmaster Spangler used could have had up to four of those characteristics. And, oh, Spangler was forbidden to possess any firearm anyway;
According to police officials, Spangler has a lengthy criminal record, including a manslaughter conviction for murdering his own grandmother, Rose Spangler, when he bludgeoned her to death with a hammer in 1980. Spangler Served 17 years in prison for the his crime.
So, New York didn’t move to ban hammers after his first conviction?
Despite the fact that scary-looking weapons were banned in New York, one apparently made it’s way through the stringent barriers that the State erected to protect citizens from the things.