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Miles Manchester's aim was a little low.  But all ten rounds from his WASR-10 would have struck a human body. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Miles Manchester's aim was a little low. But all ten rounds from his WASR-10 would have struck a human body. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Should an AK-47 be legal? Listen for yourself

Last summer, months before the horrible shootings in Newtown, Conn. that took place in December, 2012, Miles Manchester of Potsdam, NY, was browsing the gun listings in the local classifieds. And he saw this ad. "AK-47. Two 30 round clips. 800 rounds of ammunition. And a phone number," recalls Manchester. "And I thought, can I do this?"

Manchester bought a semi-automatic assault rifle second hand, with no background check required.

Today, under New York's new gun laws, buying that weapon is illegal. But it was perfectly legal then.

Manchester bought it, not for hunting or shooting practice, but to persuade people that it shouldn't be legal.  Go to full article

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