Thursday, September 22, 2005

Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

Alternate Title: Some Maintenance Workers Have All The Luck

Remember all the fear-mongering talk about our streets and playgrounds being flooded with Uzi's and AK-47's if the Clinton assault weapons ban was allowed to (thankfully) sunset last year? And how Massachusetts needed a statewide ban to keep that scenario from playing out in the Bay State?

Well, that plan worked out well.

Guns found near Taunton soccer field

TAUNTON -- A duffle bag containing three high-powered assault weapons and a knapsack full of ammunition were found near a soccer field off Baker Road, police said.

Lt. Philip B. Warish said the guns were loaded with magazines of ammunition.

"They were ready to go. There's no telling what they were going to be used for," said Warish.

The semiautomatic guns included an AR-15, AK-47 and Tech 9. Warish said the guns are in working order.


The bags were found by a maintenance worker Tuesday morning, Warish said.

But, those guns are all specifically banned by name in the Commonwealth's common sense "assault weapons" ban. Please don't tell me the law is ineffective at preventing criminals from obtaining these weapons. Why, my world would just crumble around me.

As far as these guns being "high-powered" is concerned, I guess that depends on your definition of "high-powered". Granted, around here, that would mean any gun that fires any kind of projectile - or even looks like one that does.

The Tec-9, while it might look sca-a-a-a-ary and induce spontaneous bowel movements with the likes of State Senator Jarrett Barrios, it is nothing more than a 9mm handgun, not what anyone familiar with firearms would describe as a "high-powered" weapon.

And just think - this happened in the crime-free city of Taunton.


UPDATE: Definition of an "assault weapon" per M.G.L.

Chapter 140: Section 121 Firearms sales; definitions; antique firearms; application of law; exceptions

"Assault weapon", shall have the same meaning as a semiautomatic assault weapon as defined in the federal Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. section 921(a)(30) as appearing in such section on September 13, 1994, and shall include, but not be limited to, any of the weapons, or copies or duplicates of the weapons, of any caliber, known as:

(i) Avtomat Kalashnikov (AK) (all models);
(ii) Action Arms Israeli Military Industries UZI and Galil;
(iii) Beretta Ar70 (SC-70);
(iv) Colt AR-15;
(v) Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR and FNC;
(vi) SWD M-10, M-11, M-11/9 and M-12;
(vi) Steyr AUG;
(vii) INTRATEC TEC-9, TEC-DC9 and TEC-22; and
(viii) revolving cylinder shotguns, such as, or similar to, the Street Sweeper and Striker 12

I highlighted the M-10 and M-11, because, as evidenced by an astute commenter, people around here wouldn't recognize a TEC-9 if it fell out of the sky and hit them on the head with the owner's manual attached.