One of the strictest gun control laws in the country is easily sidestepped by a simple modification to the firearm’s grip.
In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the state of New York passed the Safe Act, which effectively banned high capacity assault weapons like the AR-15-style gun Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children in December 2012.
The law requires universal background checks, bans high-capacity magazines, and requires anyone who already owns an “assault weapon” to register it with the state by April 15, 2014.
The Safe Act defines “assault weapon” as mean a semi-automatic gun with a detachable magazine and one of 10 features, like a "bayonet mount," "grenade launcher," or a "protruding pistol grip.”
New York gun shops have found that replacing the grip on some banned guns makes them otherwise compliant with the new law.
The gun still has the same power and capacity and fires at the same rate but has a different grip.
Rochester gun manufacturer Just Right Carbines has also modified the way it makes semi-automatic rifles to be in compliance with the Safe Act.
Gun sellers say the new, modified guns are quite popular.
“Believe it or not, if I had a hundred things to sell, they’d already be gone,” shop owner Justin Reickhart told RT. “I’m hoping to have them in my shop in the next two-weeks. We’ve already showed it to about a dozen people, just a picture of what it’s going to be, and the younger generation – they already love it. They’re like, it’s the same gun, just with a sci-fi-looking stock.”
“The suggested retail price is going to be $1,050,” he said. “Prior to the ban, you would have been able to buy the gun for $949.”