Via Uncle comes this:
A Rumson man reported to be despondent over financial problems surrendered to police after a cache of weapons — including an illegal assault rifle — was found in his home, authorities said…
Removed from the home were two handguns, a 15 round magazine, and two rifles, including an imitation M1 Carbine, which is illegal assault weapon in New Jersey, according to the chief. [emphasis Murdoc’s]
Now, let’s ignore for a moment the silliness of calling an M1 Carbine an “assault weapon” of any kind. (Even the silliness of the term as used by the Federal AWB didn’t include the M1 Carbine.) The M1 Carbine is an “assault rifle” in New Jersey, and that’s that.
It says “imitation.” An imitation is called “an illegal assault rifle” in the first paragraph of the story. It isn’t until near the end of the last paragraph that they say it’s not real.
Police (“more than a dozen” of them “wearing tactical gear returned armed with assault rifles”) raided the guy’s house after a relative called police because they were “concerned.”
The charge against Seth Kronengold is “possession of an assault rifle.”
He is charged with possessing An. Imitation. M1. Carbine.
MORE: It wasn’t clear from that story that the weapon he was facing charges on was the imitation M1 Carbine, but this story indicates that the fourth weapon was a shotgun. Two handguns, a shotgun, and an imitation M1 Carbine.
Also, the second story’s headline says the man was “barricaded” and a third headline calls the situation a “standoff.”
Here’s how those stories describe it:
Police requested bullet-proof gear and rifles after they entered a million-dollar, 7 Ridge Road home to check on the well-being of its sole resident, but found assault rifle ammo and a Kevlar helmet just inside the door.
The man’s aunt requested police check on his well-being at 9:45 a.m. and they responded, police said. The man had not paid his taxes, his car was recently repossessed and relatives had not heard or seen from him in a long time, Rumson chief Richard Tobias said.
Receiving no response from inside the home, police entered, saw the dangerous combination of assault gear and called for help, Rumson chief, Richard Tobias said.
Now, we don’t know the full story. We don’t know the condition this guy was in. But all stories say that he never threatened police or anyone.
Barricade. Standoff. Imitation M1 Carbine.