An Air Soft Case
A gun or firearm is defined by federal and Pennsylvania law to mean any weapon that is designed to fire a bullet or other projectile by means of an explosive. A firearm silencer or muffler is also included in the definition of a firearm, as is a destructive device and ammunition.
Federal and Pennsylvania definitions of a firearm do not apply to antique firearms, which include any firearm manufactured in or before 1898. Pennsylvania and federal definitions of a firearm do not include toys that fire plastic balls by means of compressed air or springs. A Hi Point carbine makes the cut, but thirty airsoft toys and a collection of blades do not. Super Soakers don't make the cut. Water hoses do not make the cut. Blenders do not make the cut. Two whole beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun doesn't make the cut either. So why are three law enforcement officials doing photo ops behind a table filled with toys guns and toy ninja swords? Could it be that they are trying to legitimize a faux pas with a sensationalized song and dance?
"I do not think an attack was imminent and I am not certain that an attack was going to occur at all," Bruce Castor stated. "It could have simply been big talking by a kid who thought that he was bullied previously and he was going to exact his revenge." Police found about 30 air powered guns, swords, knives, videos of the 1999 Columbine attack, books such as The Anarchist Cookbook, a U.S. Army counterinsurgency operation handbook, and notebooks filled with violent missives, Castor claimed. Also found was a Hi Point carbine, now known in the mainstream media as a "9mm assault rifle." No 9mm ammunition was found for the Hi Point carbine. Police also discovered several explosive devices described as homemade grenades: plastic containers filled with pellets to which gunpowder could be added at any time. Authorities said one grenade was operable and the others had been in the process of being assembled. I guess gunpowder could be added to the chicken salad in the tupperware beside the milk in the old Frigidare too. That would make a hell of a mess.
The boy's mother was charged today with unlawful transfer of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor, corruption of a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of reckless endangerment. She was later released on bail. Oh, by the way Bruce, it is not illegal for a parent to purchase their child a firearm.
So look Bruce, no doubt the boy had problems. Address the real issues. Don't try to manufacture a case where there is no substance. That only makes you look silly.
To read the exact legal definition of a firearm, go to 18 USC § 921- Definitions.
Information for Pennsylvania Firearms Purchasers & Basic Public Safety
Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr.
Pennsylvania Firearms Law
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