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New York SAFE Act 1st Victim Is Iraq War Vet: Arrested, Guns Seized

by S.H. Blannelberry | 3/16/13 | Guns.com

A Western New York man now faces seven years in prison for violating Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new gun control-law, the NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (or SAFE Act).

Benjamin M. Wassell, an Iraq War veteran, was charged with twice selling newly banned military-style ‘assault’ weapons and standard-capacity magazines to an undercover police officer as part of a sting operation conducted by State Police and the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Buffalo News reported.

Altogether, the 32-year-old Silver Creek resident was slapped with three felony charges and one misdemeanor, which as noted could end up putting Wassell, who has no prior convictions, behind bars for as many as seven years.

“By selling these illegal firearms, Mr. Wassell’s actions had potentially dangerous consequences for New Yorkers,” said state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “We have seen far too much gun violence in our state in recent months, and the sale of illegal semiautomatic weapons will not go unpunished.”

LINK: http://www.guns.com/2013/03/16/cuomos-new-gun-bill-nabs-its-...

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6 mags and 300 rounds for

6 mags and 300 rounds for $1,900, shit, I'd take that kind of money, especially in this economy. The money offered alone indicates entrapment. If I were him I'd be counter suing now that it is legal to counter sue.

he's got a gun! SHOOT HIM!

He's selling people illegal weapons for self-protection!

Put him in Jail!

-Guns are violent

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

So much for "from my cold dead hands."

It seems very few would take a stand when faced with disarmament. Minimal resistance would make confiscation much easier especially during a crisis.

In the future it will be soldiers sent to disarm the people. These 'heroes' are not disciples of the constitution. They are pawns that follow orders very well - orders like invading other countries without a proper declaration of war. They do whatever they're told because they have a distorted and confused idea of what patriotism is, something along the lines of blindly obeying orders handed down by their superiors. And the people Americans are taught to respect the most are people who follow orders, not people who deliberate, cogitate, question...

The government always acts first. Then the questions come, but always after the government has already abused its power or usurped ours.

America's shot that was heard round the world

America's shot that was heard round the world was from the men that went to Jonas Clark's church. Jonas Clarke said he had prepared them for that very hour.

Without preachers, men are not prepared spiritually. Morality and Spirit plays a very important part in what men do - it's a big part of the war.

Jonas Clarke was the pastor of the church at Lexigton, which was a religious colony - all land owned by the church. John Hancock's father was the previous pastor, and John Hancock and Samual Adams was staying Jonas Clark's house the night the war for independence started.

You can read Jonas Clark's account of that day, and his sermon commemorating that day one year later online. They are interesting reading.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Serve Jury Duty, Guys

Listen carefully to the charges when you are being questioned for jury duty.

One case I was called for, the charges were "Attempted murder, and being a felon in possession of a handgun."

"Hummm," I said to myself, "that sounds like three-strikes." So this teenager should be locked away for the rest of his life--mind you, I haven't heard any details yet, but I knew that, in California, even people who kill others get out quicker than someone with three-strikes who doesn't kill anyone.

The court will hide this detail from the jury, and never use the words "mandatory minimum" or "three-strikes" until the jury has given its verdict. I knew that because my lawyer boss was suckered into doing that to a defendant who stole something from a store.

I'm sorry, now, that I told the judge that I used to think ignorance of the law was no excuse (back when they made sense), but that now it was an excellent excuse. I said I could follow his instructions, if they made sense and were Constitutional, but that if they didn't, I would vote for justice. I was thanked, and excused by the judge.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

NY Needs To Grow A Couple

and send Cuomo and Bloomberg packing.


he is screwed.

Knowingly selling a firearm to someone thats a felon is very illegal..

Poor guy.. I'd never live in NY or NJ.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul


No matter how you slice it.....CUOMO is instituting an illegal UNCONSTITUTIONAL law, and the victim was being enticed into a situation. A fair judge would throw this out of court.

But, he can allege he didn't know this recent law, or he can allege this sting operation is unfairly targeting IRAQ & AFGHAN VETS and provide countless examples of state harassment.

Where does it say he sold to

Where does it say he sold to a felon? Maybe I missed it but I read that he sold to an undercover cop.

Its the conspiracy that will stick.

He knowingly sold a weapon to a person that told him they were a convicted felon. It does not matter if the person is or not.

Everything else could be thrown out and he is still mega-fucked.

Im sorry though, I dont feel much sympathy for the guy from that action. 1. being stupid enough to go through with it and 2. not being smart enough to realize it was a setup.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul


"During the second transaction, which was already illegal under the NY SAFE Act (the AR-10 had one military-style cosmetic feature), the investigator set another tripwire by telling Wassell that he was a convicted felon."

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

I guess undercover cops never

I guess undercover cops never lie?


They're gonna say he "thought" the guy was a felon, but that goes down the path of pre-crime conviction. If I "thought" I was doing any other crime and it was proven that I hadn't, that case would be dropped in a heartbeat.

Also, why is it illegal (i.e. perjury) for us to lie to congress, our servants or a court of (cough-cough) law, but not so for OUR representatives, servants and government officials to lie to us. All of government's perjury to us should be a higher crime than ordinary people's perjury to those who answer to us.

And even more importantly, since our fine is held as a personal liability and their's is passed on to the department, it represents a SYSTEMIC SHIFT IN THE HIERARCHY OF THE MASTER-SLAVE RELATIONSHIP.