There’s news today that Eduardo Sencion, the gunman that opened fire on an IHOP in Carson City, used a Norinco MAK-90 AK clone which was modified to fire fully automatic for his rampage. Carson City’s Sherriff said in a statement issued today that “The alteration was described by ATF as professionally gunsmithed by an unknown person.” The gun made its way to Mr. Sencion through a face-to-face transfer, skipping background checks and making tracing the gun slightly more difficult. This is starting to look like the Brady Campaign’s manna from heaven…
This is the Holy Grail for gun control advocates. We have:
- An assault rifle (AK-47 no less)
- Available for purchase in almost every state
- “Easily” modified to be a machine gun
- Purchased by a mentally ill person
- Purchased using the “gun show loophole”
- Used to murder U.S. Troops in public
- Using two high capacity magazines
The only thing it’s missing is a homemade silencer. It’s so perfect that, if I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d almost say that the Brady Campaign was behind it. But I’m not that crazy.
Looking at the facts in evidence it’s hard to argue against closing off private party transfers. I love selling my used guns out of the trunk of my car in a Wal-Mart parking lot as much as the next red blooded American (the strange looks make it so much more fun), but what we’re looking at right here is undeniable proof that the worst case scenario can happen with that policy. And thanks to the private party sale there’s five years where the ownership of this firearm is unknown and untraceable, so we may never know who did the FA conversion. If we knew the gun’s provenance we might be able to nab the person who sold him the gun and the person who converted the gun, but now it’s a long shot.
There’s no word from the Brady Campaign or MAIG about this yet, but who wants to take bets which one will have a press conference first?