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The popular AR-15 is being redesigned by some New York gunowners to allow them to still possess the gun, despite SAFE Act laws.
Gunowners in other states where the AR-15 is banned are doing the same thing, too.
Semi-automatic weapons have been a prime target of gun control advocates for a long time, but efforts to ban the guns ramped up after the horrific Sandy Hook school shooting.
Since the semi-automatic rifle, which many gun control advocates often refer to as an “assault weapon,” does not possess more firing power than a hunting rifle, specific cosmetic features can be removed without reducing the functions of the firearm. Features such as an adjustable stock, flash suppressors, and the pistol grip can be removed, transforming the so-called assault rifle into an albeit odd-looking yet legal weapon under the New York SAFE Act.
“Thanks to modifications by a Texas-based machine shop, the stripped-down rifle has an adapter that connects the spot where the grip would go to the stock, or portion of the rifle that the shooter braces against the shoulder,” the Times-Union reported.
A lawyer for a New York gun shop reportedly got an unofficial approval from a state police lawyer confirming that AR-15 rifles would remain legal under the SAFE Act if the characteristics banned by the gun control law were no longer present.
The semi-automatic rifle redesign has angered gun control advocates because the AR-15 still looks like a “scary assault weapon” even with the changes. According to The Blaze, Second Amendment supporters have argued that making cosmetic changes to guns reinforces the concept that banning a firearm based on looks is an ineffective way to combat gun control initiatives.
The new AR-15 redesign gives the semi-automatic rifle what some are calling an “odd paintball gun look.”
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As previously reported by Off The Grid News, New York Assemblyman Bill Nojay believes the SAFE Act is merely a precursor to even more stringent gun control laws and mandatory firearms insurance.
“The Safe Act is not the end, it’s the beginning,” Nojay said. “You don’t have to take my word for it. You look at the bills that are before the state legislature that the Democrats from New York City want to see passed. … They [Democrats] believe that anyone who owns a firearm should be required to have $3 or $5 million of liability insurance.”
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There are no federal bans or restrictions of AR-15 ownership in the United States. Six states currently have stiff regulations pertaining to AR-15 rifles. States where ownership of the “assault weapons” is heavily restricted include Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland and Connecticut.
What do you think about the redesigned AR-15 semi-automatic rifle?