Props to the Cops – AK-47 Assault Rifle Seized in Columbia Heights Yesterday Afternoon

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From MPD:

“On March 11, 2015, at approx. 230pm members of your 3D VICE Unit responded to an address in the 1400 block of Girard Street NW regarding the service of a Civil Protection Order.

While on scene, it was determined the male resident was illegally in possession of an unregistered AK-47 7.62x39mm Assault Rifle and associated rifle ammunition.

The adult male resident was arrested and charged with “Poss. of an Unregistered Firearm”, Poss. of Unregistered Ammunition” and “Poss. of High Capacity Magazines”.”

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  • What’s crazy to me is that he was found guilty of illegal possession of an AK-47, meaning that anyone could legally have one.

    • MPD’s press releases are sometimes ambiguously worded, but that wasn’t the case here. I don’t think you’re reading the press release correctly.

  • Well considering he may have been thinking of using that on the person (likely a girlfriend) who got the Civil Protection Order this is more than just getting it off the street.

  • Props to the Prince of Petworth for reporting on this kind of activity in the neighborhood and for giving credit to the police when it is deserved.

  • Fantastic. There are 2 daycares on that block. WTF is wrong with people?

  • but like, how does one even get an AK-47???

    • According to the murder trial that I was a juror for a few months back, getting guns in the city or anywhere isn’t particularly hard. One of the witnesses had one that he used a couple times (currently doing 65 to life for a few murders…) AK-47’s and other scary black guns are legal in many places in the US, and criminals don’t usually follow laws, so they just buy them or steal them wherever and drive them right into the city.

  • Popquiz for Popville: When was the last time a person was killed with a rifle in Washington, DC? (Hard to find that answer, but I think it’s the DC Snipers) I’m always happy when a gun is recovered, don’t get me wrong, but don’t be fooled by the big headlines: when hand guns are recovered, it saves lives. When an AK-47 is recovered, it upsets someone who thought it was a cool toy to have in his house. And to answer a question on here, one can purchase an AK-47 across the river in about 20 minutes, no background check required. They’re treated just like any other rifle, mostly because they operate like one. Only they take very large magazines and can fire many bullets very quickly. They’re rarely used by criminals, though, because they can’t be concealed, ammunition is a small fortune, and the weapons themselves are hard to obtain.

    • Sorry, I made a mistake above. No waiting period required. A background check is always required from a gun retailer. But it takes just a few minutes and is done over the phone.

      • I don’t know if it was the most recent one, but in 2010 there was a drive by on S Capital St using an AK-47 that killed 3.

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