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Missouri Gunmaker Redesigns AR-15, AR-10 To Comply With NY Ban

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Missouri gunmaker has released two new guns, essentially AR-15 and AR-10 rifles, that are redesigned to comply with New York’s SAFE Act, which banned assault rifles in the state.

Black Rain Ordnance introduced guns with a non-threaded muzzle, a low-capacity 10-round magazine, and no pistol grip. They have a collapsing stock, which folds to make the gun more compact and concealable, the New York Daily News reported.

“With the continual trampling of the Second Amendment in New York, Black Rain Ordnance is proud to announce their ‘New York Compliant’ rifles,” the company said on its website. "These rifles feature all of the quality and craftsmanship of the standard BRO-lines, but with the added features that allow for legal possession."

Founder and CEO Justin Harvel said Black Rain attended a gun exhibition in Pennsylvania, where New Yorkers lamented the fact that they cannot buy any more AR-15s. Harvel says they designed to solve this problem.

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Gun shop owners have also been modifying assault style guns to comply with the law. A simple change to the grip on many guns is enough to make them legal.

A New York based gun manufacturer Just Right Carbines is also producing SAFE Act compliant rifles.

"Everybody is doing basically the same thing, which is basically adopting a stock that was originally produced for the California market and basically adopting that stock for the New York market," general manager Anthony Testa told Gannett's Albany Bureau.

“As far as I’m concerned, until you tell me and you can show me how it’s illegal, we’re using it,” he said.

New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the SAFE Act into law in 2013 in response to the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza killed 26 people with an AR-15 in December 2012.

Sources: New York Daily News, Fox News