Long story short, I want to build an AR so I started reading the laws regarding assault weapons and well... I'm lost.
The link I was using for reference:
So I get that assault weapons as defined by the law are illegal. But... my first hangup is down in the page where they define assault weapons as a semi-automatic rifle with detachable magazine having at least 2 characteristics for the included list (collapsible stock, flash suppressor,, pistol grip, etc....). I swear I saw Bushmaster AR's in gander mountain for sale that had detachable magazines, telescoping stocks and of course, pistol grips. If I remember right they also had flash suppressors. Is my memory really bad or am I mistaken in my reading of the law?
My second hangup is where it says that copies of guns in any caliber and lists the Colt AR-15. How is any AR legal in NY state if all copies of Colt AR-15's are illegal? Is there a loophole where the other manufacturer's change some small things so they are not considered "copies"?
Any input is appreciated. I want my rifle to be legal and the laws are a minefield.