California Lawyer


April 2013

"Beware of the dangers of the Internet. It makes semiautomatic assault weapon kits available at the click of a mouse. Furthermore, it would appear to provide guidance on assembling the weapons, as well as suggestions for avoiding criminal convictions arising out of the possession of the parts, their assembly, and even the possession of the completed weapons. But woe betides the consumer who trusts every scheme espoused on the Internet."

- Justice Eileen C. Moore writes in People v. Nguyen (212 Cal. App. 4th 1311 (2013)) for the court that unanimously affirmed the conviction of a man who purchased an AK-47 kit over the Internet. The defendant was found guilty of attempted assault weapon activity and attempted possession of an assault weapon despite the fact that the gun had not been fully assembled.

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