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New York Gun Grabbing Law Yields First Arrest

March 16, 2013 by  

The first poor soul unfortunate enough to be snared in the enforcement dragnet of New York’s unConstitutional gun control law faces Class D felony charges for selling what are now “illegal” weapons.

Benjamin Wassell of Silver Creek, N.Y., was arrested after he allegedly sold two semi-automatic rifles and 300 rounds of ammunition to an undercover officer in January and again the following month.

One of the rifles, a DelTon DTI-15, was equipped with a pistol grip and bayonet mount, making it an illegal “assault weapon” under the new law.

According to The Associated Press, the undercover officer playing the buyer’s role had confessed to Wassell before the transaction that he had a felony on his record. Felons aren’t allowed to own firearms under Federal law.

If he’s found guilty, Wassell could spend up to seven years in prison. WBNG quoted a triumphant State police superintendent Joseph D’Amico, who claimed the arrest serves as an example of how New York’s draconian gun laws are already making its residents safer:

The defendant is accused of illegally selling assault weapons not once, but twice. Add to that, he was willing to sell to someone without knowing anything about their background, and it’s exactly the type of dangerous and illegal activity that can lead to more gun violence in our communities. Once again, our partnership with the Attorney General’s office has resulted in taking a dangerous criminal off the streets.

Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo led the rush to sign the State’s “NY SAFE” Act into law in January, weeks after a mass killing in neighboring Connecticut brought the topic to the top of the nationwide liberal agenda.

Among many other restrictions, the law bans high-capacity magazines, creates a registry for pre-existing owners of assault weapons, requires psychiatrists to report patients whom they feel to be a threat and increases sentences for crimes in which a gun is used.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • FreedomFighter

    One word:


    Two words:

    Jury Nullification

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • FreedomFighter


      any lawmaker engaged in the act of introducing gun control bills or voting for gun control is engaged in a criminal act that violates the highest laws of the land. As such, they should be arrested and prosecuted for acts of sedition — for attempting to “overthrow the People,” as it were. Hilariously, the federal government says anyone who is critical of the government “might be a terrorist,” but in truth, it’s agents of the government who are violating the People who are, by any honest historical accounting, the true danger to a free society.

      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

    • Vicki

      Learn more about your DUTY as a juror to judge the LAW itself as well as the facts of the case.

  • Rebecca Lewis

    making laws to make criminals of private citizens. Tyranny.

    • Teri Amborn

      Thank you.

  • muddywood

    Should felons be allowed to buy weapons?

    • Vicki

      Felon or ex-felon?

    • Anita Lively

      I think it depends on what the felony is and how long ago it happened. Once a person does their time all their rights should be restored including the right to buy a firearm. The only time I don’t think this is right is if the felon is still violent or a rapist.

  • Brian DuBridge

    So why the hell did he try to sell to a supposed former felon? This probably won’t make it to the Supreme Court if he did, although I wonder if there’s a law stating that one has to check on the background of someone when selling them a long gun, aside from maybe the new unconstitutional law in NY. Even the law prohibiting a past felon from owning a gun may not prohibit someone from selling it to him. I’ll bet the onus is on the ex-felon.

    • Vicki

      Brian DuBridge says:
      “So why the hell did he try to sell to a supposed former felon?”

      Cause the “former felon” was obviously not in jail.

      Brian DuBridge: “I wonder if there’s a law stating that one has to check on the background of someone when selling them a long gun, aside from maybe the new unconstitutional law in NY.”

      There is an easy safe and inexpensive why that a seller can ALWAYS do a background check.

      Check the background. Is it a prison (county jail etc)?

      If yes then don’t sell a gun to the inmate.
      If no then sell the gun to a free citizen.

      KEEP Criminals IN JAIL. It’s that easy.

  • Stormy

    A horrible example…. this plays into the hands of those wanting gun control. Two illegal sales, not based on the guns or ammo, but on no background check. Any court would throw the book at the seller and this would be used as one heck of an argument to enforce gun control.

    • Vicki

      Stormy writes:
      ” Two illegal sales,…”

      Can’t be. See Amendment 2. US Constitution.


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