Gunmakers in New York have remodeled the AR-15 to make the rifle legal under the state's strict anti-gun laws.
The Clash Daily reported that the new AR-15 prototype, which has already hit some gun store shelves in the state, features an adapted stock and grip that are in accordance with the state's strict anti-gun law.
New York's SAFE Act prohibits certain features of AR-15 style guns, including pistol grips, adjustable stocks and muzzle flash suppressors. The law essentially prohibits aesthetic features of AR-15s. So, with a little ingenuity, gunmakers decided to give the AR-15 a fixed stock and grip that looks like it belongs on a paintball gun. Apparently, some state police have said the prototypes are good to go.
"At least one gun shop has received a letter from state police saying that the new AR-15 style rifles should be legal in the state as long as they don't have some of the features that the law prohibits," wrote Clash Daily contributor Johnathan S.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo billed the SAFE Act as "the toughest assault weapons ban in the country." Although, many gun rights advocates see the law's strict ban of AR-15 style rifles as more superficial than meaningful.
"The new gun law bans all kinds of semi-automatic rifles that have been labeled with the 'assault' term even though these are very common rifles and are no more powerful than the average hunting rifle," wrote Johnathan S.
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The SAFE Act also requires universal background checks on gun purchases, prohibits dangerously mentally ill persons from purchasing firearms and increases the penalty for illegally using guns.
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