Ex-PH2 sends us a link from NBC which reports that William Spengler, the jackwagon who ambushed firefighters in Webster, NY on Christmas Eve, had convinced 24-year-old Dawn Nguyen to purchase the weapons he used because he was a convicted felon and unable to buy the weapons himself.
The complaint alleges that Nguyen acted as a “straw purchaser” for Spengler, who, as a convicted felon, could not legally own, acquire or purchase any firearm, Hochul said. The charges are related to an AR-15-type semiautomatic rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun — two of the three weapons found near Spengler’s body Monday, according to State Police Investigator James Sewell.
Hochul said that a suicide note left by Spengler “includes information about obtaining the guns” from Nguyen.
So, I guess this proves that criminals will always break laws, and that’s probably why we call them criminals. Of course, Nguyen claims the guns were stolen from her car, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.
Earlier Friday, Nguyen’s brother said the weapons were stolen from Nguyen’s car.
“They think they sold him the guns, but he stole them,” said Steven Nguyen, 18, in the doorway of the family’s Seneca County home.
Either way, there were enough laws in this case to prevent Spengler from legally acquiring a gun, but he circumvented the laws. The fact remains that after he was convicted of beating his grandmother to death with a hammer, he shouldn’t have been out of prison. But I guess it’s easier to punish legal gun owners in New York than to make criminals pay for their behavior in a meaningful way.