DA: Man had modified Ruger rifle

DA: Man had modified Ruger rifle

There are 2 comments on the WGY-AM Albany story from Mar 7, 2014, titled DA: Man had modified Ruger rifle. In it, WGY-AM Albany reports that:

An Albany man gets five years in prison for modifying a Ruger .22 caliber rifle to look like an AK-47 assault rifle.

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Rev Willie

Albany, NY

#2 Mar 8, 2014
If we safely assume that the gun in the photo that accompanies the article is the gun he used...
1) It looks nothing like an AK-47. Even if it did, there's nothing illegal about modifying a gun to look like a different gun provided you don't run afoul of other laws (see 2 below).
2) It's been illegally modified from a rifle. It's what the ATF would consider a short barreled rifle.
3) He was already a person prohibited from owning a firearm.
Ray Cathode

Jamestown, NY

#3 Mar 10, 2014
Rev Willie wrote:
If we safely assume that the gun in the photo that accompanies the article is the gun he used...
1) It looks nothing like an AK-47. Even if it did, there's nothing illegal about modifying a gun to look like a different gun provided you don't run afoul of other laws (see 2 below).
2) It's been illegally modified from a rifle. It's what the ATF would consider a short barreled rifle.
3) He was already a person prohibited from owning a firearm.
Correct, it's below the legal length for a long gun.

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