Introducing the New York Legal AR-15 rifle and the man bringing it to the Empire State

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Nestled in the mountains of the southern Adirondacks is a gun shop that is fighting tyranny by giving back the 2nd Amendment to it’s patrons.

With the passage of the SAFE Act and the measures within that are a cross between draconian and byzantine, sporting rifles such as the AR-15 have been prohibited simply because they look scary though they have no functional difference between any other popular hunting rifle.

But, instead of just sitting back and accepting a broad sweeping infringement upon the rights of New Yorkers, Rich Sehlmeyer, owner of The Gun Shop at MacGregors, has been waging his own battle against the SAFE Act by helping oppressed New Yorkers keep possession of the most popular rifle in the country.

A little bit about Rich and his gun shop first.  A small family business that started a decade ago with just 20 rifles and 5 handguns, the place is a bit unassuming at first.  As you will see in the video at the end of this article, it didn’t take long for me to realize I was in the right place once I entered…that it wasn’t just a “roll over and take what Albany gives you” kind of place.

With a healthy inventory, even with a chunk of it out of town for a gun show, The Gun Shop at MacGregor’s was bustling for the entire time I was there.  Cars were lined out from the parking lot to the road. It was pretty much standing room only as patrons bought new weapons and were having their old sporting rifles brought into compliance with the SAFE Act.

Another thing that was quickly noticed was the variety of the patrons.  Were there old white guys?  Yes.  But despite the stereotypes that gun controllers would have us believe there wasn’t JUST old white guys.  Women, young adults, families with kids looking for their first hunting rifle etc and a cavalcade of different ethnicities were all present at one time or another while I was in the shop.

As gun controllers like to paint gun owners and gun shop owners as loose cannons and anarchists who play fast and loose with the law, Rich does not fit into their mold.  Serving honorably for over 20 years as a New York State Trooper, Rich retired and opened up the gun shop back in 2003.  On top of receiving the highest rating from the Better Business Bureau, Rich has been beyond reproach with regards to his business and even though the laws are asinine he follows every one of them.

But that is not to say that Rich just accepts and blindly follows the SAFE Act like a lemming off a cliff.

Working with the inventor of the FRS-15 pistol grip stock Allen Thordsen, Rich encourages New Yorkers not to submit to the tyranny brought on by Cuomo and his cronies in Albany (that never held a firearm before}, but rather to keep your property and your rights intact.

As it stands now, a law written by people with no experience in guns has had the result of being a boom to the New York export industry.

Unfortunately, New York’s top exports are now personal liberty and jobs.  This overreaching oppression is forcing law abiding citizens to sell the weapons they cannot alter out of state and gun companies in New York (which is a surprisingly high number) have finally had enough and are taking their businesses AND JOBS with them to friendlier climes.

With all that being said you may have seen photos of the New York Legal AR-15, in the following video you can see it in motion as Rich describes the how’s and why’s of both the SAFE Act and how his alterations will bring your AR-15 back into compliance with it.  Plus, how utterly pointless the SAFE Act is to begin with.

One more thing from something that Rich mentioned.  The state will give verbal approval for the FRS-15 pistol grip stock but will not, nor does Rich believe ever will, put that in writing.  Why not, even though it fits in exactly with the provisions of the SAFE Act, which Rich and his employees read more than a dozen times?

The only rational reason I can think of is that by putting that opinion in writing codifies it and makes it harder for the state to come back later and demand that you turn your AR-15 anyways.  It really is just another example of the SAFE Act not being the final step…but rather just the first.

New Yorkers best wake up and take a hard look in the mirror come November and ask; is Cuomo’s idea of liberty one I want to live 4 more years with?

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  • MoparToYa

    Did anyone hear how many rounds this holds? Or is it too limited to 10?

    • Bullets First

      It will take a detachable magazine so the number is technically as many as can fit into a magazine that fits. But in order to be legal In New York that magazine better not be able to hold more than 10 rounds.

      • MoparToYa

        Very good, thank you.

        • Adk_Rebel

          Correct, but don’t load more than seven. The US District Court decision throwing out the seven round limit is verbal and only covers the western part of the state. It’s up to other courts if they are going to recognize it or not. This alone is going to get innocent people in trouble.

          Rich

          • bulletsfirst

            Great information Rich, thanks for weighing in. Just another example of how poorly the law was written and how.

      • MYRON

        HOW MANY ROUNDS ARE THE NEW YORK SWAT TEAMS AND CUOMO’S SECURITY FORCE ALLOWED?????

        • Bullets First

          As many as they want Myron…you didn’t think that his lordship Cuomo would deem himself equal to his own subjects and go out limited in his protection due to something as inconsequential to him as the law?

  • David F. Podesta

    This ridiculous law was written in a matter of hours, so our brilliant governor could claim bragging rights as the very first “assault weapon” ban enacted after the tragedy in Newtown, CT. It was so poorly written that it made a felon out of every LEO in the state who carry hi-cap magazines, so it had to be amended after passage. The number of “assault weapons” used in crimes is statistically minuscule, making the NYSafe Act unnecessary. By the way, A similar law in CT is being met with mass refusal by gun owners to register their “assault weapons”. I guess it’s easier and more convenient to harass people who were never a threat to public safety than it is to deal with criminals.

    • Ariviste

      Gun owners should not have to alter their guns to comply with a law that is unconstitutional in the first place.

    • sc

      it’s easier to harass the average citizen, criminals don’t give a damn about laws that is why they are criminals in the first place.

  • Meathead

    The law is ludicrous, but what really galls me is the Law Enforcement Officers who will readily, and cheerfully, enforce this law to the smallest degree. The LEO’s are too dumbed down to realize that they are aiding the idiot legislators in destroying the Constitution and the freedom this country was built on. At least the citizens in Connecticut aren’t sheeple and have shown their legislators where to put their idiotic law.

  • Enubus

    Cuomo has a gene problem, the whole family are a pack of dummies. This gun control imbecility is from the brain of the 3 leftists of the 20th Century, Mao, Stalin and Hitler. It is always from the left that tyranny arises from their fevered brains in a quest for power and as result of this leftist mental illness, over 160,000,000 people were killed. We do have constitutional protections, but if those fail, just like the founding fathers reacting to George the third’s tyranny and gun confiscation, we had the revolution that was heard round the world. So, my fellow Americans, rise up and take back your birthright from this pretend Kenyan tyrant and his Demonrat followers!!!

    • MYRON

      I SOMETIME JUST WONDER WHAT THEY WOULD DO IF THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES STOOD UP TO THE COMMIES AND JUST TOLD THEM TO STUFF THEIR STUPID LAWS THEY ARE TRYING TO FORCE UPON THE POPULATION AND OPENLY CARRIED A AR-15 OVER THEIR SHOULDER WITH A 30 ROUND MAGAZINE. I HAVE NEVER DID A DRIVE BY SHOT UP A SCHOOL OR ROBBED A LIQUOR STORE. BUT I WILL USE IT TO DEFEND MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS TO PROTECT MY SELF AND FAMILY FROM THIS GOVERNMENT THAT HAS BEEN ILEGALLY ELECTED.

  • MortarMan107

    It’s about time to stop wondering which cops will enforce this BS and which won’t. ALL but a few of them will enforce these laws when ordered to do so. The same with the military.

    Unless and until they openly declare their intentions to uphold the Constitution AND their oath of office, as a few already have, they are Obama’s minions operating under HIS orders.

    There are PLENTY of cops who believe we should be on our knees at their whim. There are PLENTY of officers and enlisted in the military who believe the same.

  • General “Black Jack” Pershing

    The problem is the liberal lefties in N.Y. that allowed the tyranny in first place.
    Let see where else do the blue dog demy sociaIst elect totalitarian dictators to take away gunrights? California, Connecticut, and Colorado, they elect them and then wonder why the are loosing all their rights.