A Missouri-based gun manufacturer announced this week that it will release a line of “New York Compliant” rifles, a market-based response to the Empire State’s strict new gun laws.
“With the continual trampling of the 2nd Amendment in New York, Black Rain Ordnance is proud to announce their ‘New York Compliant’ rifles,” the group said in a statement on its website. “These rifles feature all of the quality and craftsmanship of the standard BRO-lines, but with the added features that allow for legal possession.”
Features that make Black Rain Ordnance’s new rifles compliant with New York’s guns laws include: No pistol grip, a non-threaded muzzle fixed stock, 10-round low capacity approved magazine and a Lo-Pro gas block “without the evil bayonet lug.”
"We are proud to be an all American Company that produces true Made in the U.S.A. products," the company told TheBlaze in an email.
And if Black Rain’s move to create rifles that comply with New York’s new guns laws, which have been described as some of the “nation’s toughest,” sounds familiar, it should: They're not the only company to move in this direction, and stories of such guns have been popping up since May 2013.
In fact, several New York-based gun shops have, for example, offered to replace the grip on non-complaint rifles so that they’re square with state's laws.
“The modified gun still fires at the same rate and with the same power; the shooter just holds it slightly differently,” the Guardian reported. “These modified weapons do not have to be registered with the state.”
One gun maker in Rochester, N.Y., Just Right Carbines, manufactures modified semi-automatic rifles that comply with the New York’s Safe Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January 2013.
Just Right Carbines’ general manger, Anthony Testa, told the Guardian that they were given verbal opinions by New York authorities indicating that their products complied with the law.
The Safe Act, which was the result of the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the life of 27 people, bans the sale of so-called “assault weapons” and requires that everyone who already owns a rifle categorized as such to register them with the state by 15 April 2014.
The Safe Act singles out add-on features, including bayonet mounts, grenade launchers and, of course, "protruding pistol grips.”
Another New York company, H&H Firearms, has been working on modifying its semi-automatic rifles to meet state law.
"It's basically an AR-15 without the features," a lawyer representing H&H Firearms told the Times Union.
"People are champing at the bit" for a legal version of the popular rifle, said the company’s manager Justin Reickart, adding that the modified rifles look “like a paintball gun.”
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This post has been updated.