California Governor: Semi-Automatic Rifles ‘*** Damn Weapons of Mass Destruction’

Big League Politics | 7/31/2019 | Richard Moorhead
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California Governor Gavin Newsom described commonly owned civilian semiautomatic rifles in sharp terms Monday, after one was used in a mass shooting in Gilroy, California.

Governor Newsom said that the semi-auto rifle was a “G** damn weapon of mass destruction.”

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Santino Legan, 19, used a WASR10 semiautomatic rifle to kill 4 and wound 12 at a garlic food festival in northern California. The WASR10 is a “sporterized” AK-47 style rifle, a rough equivalent to the AK of an AR-15 to the military M16 rifle. Like the AR, it only has semi-auto fire capability, separating it from a true military-style assault rifle such as the AK-47 or M16.

The WASR10 is designated as an assault rifle under California law and banned, insofar as it includes a pistol grip and 30-round magazine. However, the shooter simply traveled to Nevada to buy a WASR from a Nevada gun shop, revealing the state’s laws to be simply ineffective when it comes to stopping malevolent and criminal individuals from buying rifles.

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Speaking to reporters at a Santa Clara hospital, Newsom said that “you can’t put borders...
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