Apparently, I was wrong when I said in a previous post that the Bushmaster was illegal in New York. Some Bushmasters are illegal in New York, but Bushmaster makes a state-compliant version. Two variants in .223 caliber, according to their website;
The Predator and the Varminter don’t have a folding/collapsible stock, a bayonet lug or a flash suppressor which makes it legal to sell in New York. Gallagher Fan sent this link to the Hudson Valley’s Times-Herald Record which laments that that Bushmaster made a weapon that complied with New York State Law;
The Bushmaster M4 semiautomatic rifle has a pistol grip and detachable ammunition clip, which are two criteria for the sort of firearms state law prohibits. Yet an ordinary citizen can still buy such a gun because it lacks any other feature that meets the definition of an assault weapon.
Indeed, a flier for the outdoors retailer Gander Mountain recently advertised a version of the Bushmaster rifle on sale for $900. That gun comes with a magazine that holds up to 10 bullets; the gun used in Connecticut reportedly had a 30-round magazine.
State Assembly Democrats have been trying in vain since 2004 to expand New York’s definition of assault weapons. The Democratic-dominated chamber has overwhelmingly passed the proposal five times since 2005, but it has died each time because no senator — Democrat or Republican — has even introduced the same measure in the Senate.
Their article is accompanied by this photo;
The Bushmaster M4 would be considered a banned assault weapon under that bill.
The Bushmaster M4 IS a banned assault weapon under current New York law.
That weapon in that photo is NOT legal for sale in New York, despite the caption that claims otherwise. It has a collapsible stock, a pistol grip, a bayonet lug and a flash suppressor – that’s four things, coupled with the box magazine which make it illegal in New York. Not to mention the 30-round magazines and what’s with the box of pistol ammunition in the photo? Of course, that picture was meant to mislead readers because that weapon looks more scary than the weapons that are legal to be sold in New York. The rifle in the Record’s picture also has what looks like a 16 inch barrel, while the rifles made for New York State have 20 & 24 inch barrels.
I’m not saying that a collapsible stock, a pistol grip, a bayonet lug or a flash suppressor make the weapon more deadly, that’s the emotional Left who thinks that appearances count for something.
Of course, Gallagher Fan’s point was that I don’t do my homework like I accuse the media of doing. But, this Chris Mckenna didn’t do his homework when he included that picture with his article, either.
So I’ll concede that a variation of the Bushmaster rifle can be sold in New York State, but not the one that we’ve seen from the media in regards to the Connecticut and the Webster, NY murders.