by Alex Yablon, The Trace, 12/3/15
The AR-15s used by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik had been illegally modified.
The two AR-15 rifles used by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik in Tuesday’s San Bernardino mass shooting were illegally modified, the ATF determined. The Trace reported yesterday afternoon that police descriptions of the scene suggested the shooting was carried out with weapons that skirted California firearms law. Then last night, The Wall Street Journal confirmed this hunch: one of the rifles had been altered to quickly release and accept magazines, which is illegal under California law. Investigators also found evidence that one of the rifles had been changed with the intent of making it fully automatic, a practice banned under federal law….
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