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February 10, 2014 - 12:49 pm

“Assault weapons” bans typically focus either on capacity or on cosmetics — how the weapon looks. New York’s SAFE Act has already run into trouble on the first part, when its capacity limits made criminals out of cops. Now the maker of the AR-15 rifle has exposed the stupidity of the second part. They changed a couple things about how the rifle looks, making it compliant with the law.

Here’s a SAFE Act compliant assault weapon.

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Features like adjustable stocks, pistols grips, and flash suppressors has been deemed to be unlawful on these rifles, mainly because it makes them LOOK mean.  And we all know how little these anti-gun lawmakers really know about guns, as the “Ghost gun” video illustrated.

The new AR-15 design did away with the pistol grip which gives the gun an odd paintball gun look.  The stock is fixed as well, but at least New Yorkers now have a legal way to own an AR-15, a fact which is still driving some gun control activists mad.

Two words: Ha ha.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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What a silly looking rifle! It looks like it was designed by a committee.

But, in reality, it still has a "pistol grip", it just doesn't look like the original AR pistol grip. In fact, it's practically impossible to design a rifle stock without at least some vestigial "pistol grip" type feature because a shooter's hand has to have something it can grip as an anchor for the finger that operates the trigger.
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They should add "Hello Kitty" stickers.
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The pistol grip on modern rifles feels much more ergonomic to me than the older style shown above. Mind you, I'm in favor of tweaking "progressives" on principle. The real answer is to vote out any supporters of stupid laws and try for someone who supports liberty instead.
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What a handsome weapon.
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Remember, one must comply only with the letter of the law, not the spirit. And 'regular' AR-15 stocks are available on the used market, no?
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I wonder if gun buyers can trade in the compliant stock for one of the original design. Save everyone money by recycling the compliant part back to the manufacturer. Let them resell the same stupid stock over and over.
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What a silly looking rifle! It looks like it was designed by a committee.

But, in reality, it still has a "pistol grip", it just doesn't look like the original AR pistol grip. In fact, it's practically impossible to design a rifle stock without at least some vestigial "pistol grip" type feature because a shooter's hand has to have something it can grip as an anchor for the finger that operates the trigger.
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It has a "grip", but not a "pistol grip".
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No, the curved portion of the stock is actually a "pistol grip".

Rifles stocks that are completely straight are said to be without a "pistol grip", but any curved portion of the stock meant to be grasped by the shooter's hand is properly called a "pistol grip".
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Howdy Gridley
Of course you're right. My shotgun has a pistol grip but my rifle (the one in the image) is straight in line and wouldn't be said to have a pistol grip. This form of pistol grip skates the rules, though.
As I noted higher up, I like the pistol grip form of the AR-15 and similar modern rifles more than I like the pistol grip on a shotgun. Matter of taste, really.
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I concur.

Senator Feinstein once explained that the reason she was against the AR-style pistol grip was because it made it easier to shoot the rifle "from the hip". Why that should be prohibited, she didn't say. Shooting a rifle that way merely detracts from accurate shooting.
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I wonder if a PPSh-41 would be legal in NYC. Of course, that's more of a submachine gun. But's got a pretty wooden stock and doesn't look scary at all.
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They should add "Hello Kitty" stickers.
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