Rifles and Shotguns and Pistols Oh My!

Saturday, December 18, 2004

From The Mercury News:

An Orange County gun dealer was sentenced to 45 days in jail for possessing assault weapons after authorities seized 90 firearms from his store, prosecutors said.

Ilya Yampolsky, 39, was also sentenced Friday to three years' probation and given 45 days of community service, said Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos.

Yampolsky was arrested in November last year after authorities seized assault rifles, shotguns and pistols, and grenade launchers at a Laguna Niguel shooting range and gun store he managed.

He faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted on 20 charges filed in connection with the raid. Yampolsky had no criminal record and there was no evidence he sold or fired illegal weapons, Chrisopoulos said.

California's ban on assault weapons went into effect in 1989, and a similar law was enacted at the federal level in 1994. The federal law expired earlier this year.
Nice. A man with no criminal record gets to spend more than a month in jail for possessing something Big Daddy Government says you can't have. Good thing I don't live in California. I had my hands on a beautiful semi-automatic assault rifle last night at a range & shop here in Florida; one that I wouldn't have had access to had the federal ban not expired just this last September.

By the way, those 19 specific guns banned for the last ten years still haven't killed anybody. But let's arrest the gun dealers anyway. Wouldn't want someone with the knowledge and ability to defend innocent lives out on the streets now would we?