A machine pistol used by a street hustler and aspiring rapper shot dead in a Times Square gunfight was purchased from a Virginia gun shop by a woman who reported it stolen 10 days after she bought it, authorities said.
One thing I noticed is that New York not only has strict gun laws, but apparently they know how to investigate a gun's history. The tracing of this Mac 10 was done almost immediately. Which brings up a question that I haven't seen addressed: is that a pistol that can fire on fully automatic? Do the restrictions against "machine guns" not apply to pistols?
Jordan Kelsey-Stewart, 25, bought the weapon Oct. 18 from Dale's Guns in Powhatan, Va., chief NYPD police spokesman Paul Browne said Friday. Officials with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are trying to find her and are investigating whether she had any connection to Martinez; a telephone listing for her could not immediately be found on Friday.
Ms. Kelsey-Stewart reported the gun stolen from her car? Shouldn't that in itself be a crime? Isn't leaving a gun in a car like asking for it to be stolen? I know I would never leave anything of value in a parked car. How about you?
Investigators also were trying to determine whether Martinez had other weapons. They said they found a .22-caliber handgun during a police search of Martinez's home on Friday.
Well, what about Jordan Kelsey-Stewart? Had she purchased other weapons which ended up missing? That's what I'd want to know.
What's your opinion? Are the loose gun laws in Virginia contributing to the gun violence in cities like New York?
Because buying a firearm is so difficult in New York, people barred from owning pistols here often travel south to shop at gun shows where there are no required background checks for people buying secondhand weapons. Martinez didn't have a license to own a firearm.
So there we have it. Aside from the questions about this particular Mac 10 pistol, and whether its original owner was a frequent straw purchaser or associated with Martinez in some way, we have the question of continuing to allow people to buy second-hand guns without background checks. Things need to change and in spite of the successes the gun-rights folks have enjoyed lately, I think eventually enough people will become fed up with the laxity and demand the much-needed changes.
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.