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Old October 11, 2013, 03:49 PM   #42
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
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Originally Posted by SVO
I understand the charged of possession of an illegal weapon by state law. I don't understand being charged with possession of an unregistered weapon when the weapon is illegal by state law and can't be registered with the state....
What makes you think he was charged with possession of an unregistered assault weapon?

The news article linked to in the OP says:
...Aldon Smith has been charged with felony possession of assault weapons...
...The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s announced Wednesday that 24-year-old Smith has been charged with three felony counts of assault weapon possession,...
The article later notes:
...None of the five weapons were registered with the California Department of Justice, according to authorities....
Nowhere in the article is the crime charged referred to as "possession of unregistered assault weapons." The rifles being unregistered is merely a fact noted in the article.
"It is long been a principle of ours that one is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano. There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully." -- Jeff Cooper
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