posted on Nov, 2 2013 @ 10:05 PM
NBC News has the first (relatively) clear image of the rifle used by Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, in his not-quite-quite-a mass shooting at Terminal 3 of
Los Angeles International Airport yesterday. Ciancia walked into the terminal through a “secure” exit and began shooting, specifically targeting
TSA employees. He was finally dropped by armed Airport Police with four shots and is in critical condition. Unfortunately, he was not stopped before
killing TSA officer Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39.
The weapon itself seems a little out of place for the environment. The article goes on to explain that the rear backup sight was down. While the cops
could have done this, it doesn't seem likely. The more likely explanation is that this guy was not aiming.
Secondly and right off the bat this weapon is highly illegal in California. It is a semi-automatic AR15 without a welded magazine. In fact it's a 30
round detachable mag which is also illegal in California.
The article also goes on to say:
What is a bit more surprising is that the rifle and it’s apparently standard-capacity 30-round magazine do not appear on first glance to be
California legal or New Jersey legal. Ciancia is originally from New Jersey, but recently moved to Los Angeles.
This is not to say that it would have been impossible to get one between New Jersey and California. But if you tried to legally purchase one of these
in the many states that do sell them you would be turned away.
In Nevada, for instance, California residents are not sold firearms of ANY type. Neither are residents from New Jersey, Hawaii, New York, Illinois,
So it begs the question:
How did a man relatively new to the state of California acquire a banned firearm and magazines, and what prompted him to go on a shooting spree with a
firearm he apparently didn't even know how to properly deploy?
I don't normally say this when it comes to these issues, but AR15s are expensive these days. Ammo is hard to come by. For a man from New Jersey where
this firearm is banned to move to LA where this firearm is also banned, acquire it, and get ammo for it just to go on a shooting spree seems a little
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