California: Machinegun used to shoot up neighborhood in Rancho Cordova

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies shot one person and detained two others after a machine gun-wielding man terrorized a Rancho Cordova neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

Now, this could be another typical example of the news media calling a standard AK type rifle a machinegun, but let’s take it at face value:

Laws broken:

  • Federal National Firearms Act of 1934 – requires all machineguns be registered, with the owner background checked and fingerprinted.
  • California further requires a permit for owning a machinegun – these are rarely issued.
  • California has banned most “assault weapon” style rifles on top of this.

Odds that this weapon was legally owned? Slim to None.

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