And I see someone making ignorant comments about the Assault Weapons Ban.
Mike Westervelt, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue has something to say in The Exponent, Purdue’s independent college newspaper:
I have noisy neighbors; that I can deal with.
And if I discovered one of my neighbors had pot in his or her apartment, honestly, I probably wouldn’t fret.
But last week, police found a loaded AK-47 assault rifle in one of my neighbors’ apartment. And that I fret about.
West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski said the gun was loaded with 30 rounds, with additional magazines of ammunition nearby, “ready to go.”
The neighbor’s apartment apparently contained drugs and drug paraphernalia, and a “subsequent search” turned up more drugs, cash, and the weapon.
As of right now, the student is facing only drug charges. Why are there no charges concerning the weapon? Answer: The gun was probably in the residence legally.
I spoke with Dombkowski last week and he said the state requires permits for handguns but not necessarily for other weapons, such as rifles. Because the federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004, if you can pass a background check, you can legally own such automatic guns.
This is what I was raised to call an outright L-I-E.
Several other states, including New York and New Jersey, have enacted legislation banning the sale of assault weapons. But Indiana has extremely lax gun laws with no such provision.
We don’t need to get into the cliche debate of general gun control, but I hope few would argue the need for automatic assault weapons within city limits.
Automatic weapons are NOT legal in Indiana or in any other state except in very specific circumstances. The AWB didn’t ban any automatic weapons at all.
My guess is that this is probably just a kid that doesn’t quite understand what he’s talking about who didn’t quite understand what the Police Chief told him. Or, maybe, that the Police Chief lied about the AWB.
Without more information we can’t know for sure, but it doesn’t seem likely that the rifle in question was even an automatic weapon. If it was an actual assault rifle, you can bet the owner would be charged with all sorts of things.
Again, we’re faced with a complete lack of even the most basic firearms terminology by those who think they’re doing good by telling everyone how things should be run. What else is new?