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answerguy
March 30, 2005, 05:50 PM
http://pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/trib/regional/s_318331.html

Me & my AK-47

A 20-something female walks into a gun shop, wearing a pink sweater and pearls, and asks to buy an AK-47. Half-dozen men, several in flannel, look up from the rows of gun displays.
They had holsters. She had heels.

I knew I looked out of place at a gun store, but I wanted to see how difficult it would be to buy an assault weapon in Pittsburgh, just days after Keith “Spud” Watts Jr. was murdered with an AK-47 knock-off outside Carrick High School.

I went alone to Firearms Unlimited in Bridgeville two days after the shooting.





I parked in back of the wooden-paneled shop, built into the side of a hill off Route 50 and rang the doorbell to gain entrance. Inside, it was packed. A hundred rifles lined the walls where glass cases of handguns didn’t.

Manager Randy Canella looked up from a sale and asked if I needed any help. “I’m looking for a long gun,” I said. “I want an AK-47.”

Canella took a drag of his cigarette.


“I have some in back,” he said. “I’ll be with you in a minute.” He brought out three models and set them on the counter. I stood with crossed arms while he explained the guns’ features, rotating them on their sides and pointing out the magazine. I tried not to flinch.

Canella finally asked, “Why do you want this gun?”

I answered, “Why not?”

The men in the store laughed, and I asked how to load the bullets.

The Romanian Century Arms, WASR-10, 7.62-x-39 mm rifle was the cheapest at $389.95, or $422.25 after tax. It was a clone, like most AK-47s in America. The first President Bush made it illegal to import the Russian and Chinese military models. The knock-offs look like AK-47s, fire like AK-47s and are very accurate at short distances. I said I’d take it.

Canella stopped me.

“I don’t mean to be nosy, but if you want a gun for self-protection, a shotgun would be better,” he said, assuming that’s the only reason for this blonde in a twin sweater set to need an AK-47. “It’s easier to load for people who aren’t familiar with firing a gun, and it does a lot of damage.”

“My dad recommended this model,” I said, searching for an excuse.

Except for a possible stray bullet in the chamber, I shouldn’t have been worried. In America, it’s legal to buy guns.

Even this one, a semiautomatic rifle developed for Soviets tank crews to kill from a mile away. Joe Dominick, Allegheny County’s chief deputy coroner, said shots from an AK-47 inflict trauma all over the body. The bullet can blow through several body parts, cutting through a hand to the torso through the other hand. And rarely is an AK-47 fired just once. At least eight shots were fired at Watts’ Geo Tracker.

Under Pennsylvania law, gun shops can sell a rifle to anybody 18 or older from any state with no criminal record. An AK-47 is a rifle, and I could purchase it on the spot. I didn’t need a reason or even a gun permit.

But there was a catch. As a new resident in Pennsylvania, I did not have a driver’s license from the state. I thought my U.S. passport would be sufficient to buy a rifle, but Canella disagreed. He wanted a government-issued photo ID with my present address and sent me across the street to the Driver’s License Center.

I waited four days for New York State to fax a transcript of my driving record to PennDOT. With my new driver’s license in hand, I went back to Firearms Unlimited last Tuesday. Cop cars blocked several stalls when I pulled into the parking lot. Three people were being questioned. A woman had her hands behind her back. A violent crime impact team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was investigating a possible straw purchase, when a person with a clean record buys firearms for convicted criminals. I left the engine running for a second and hesitated to unlock the doors. I was the only one not armed.

But I was here to pick up my AK-47. I sidestepped the commotion and climbed the rickety stairs to the entrance.

“I don’t have to sell anybody a gun I don’t want to, and I don’t have to have a reason,” Canella said when I got inside. “It’s more gut than anything else. It’s a major concern for us, and it’s a duty.”

He recognized me, “the AK-47 girl,” and tried to steer me toward the shotgun again. “If you were my wife, daughter or sister, I would tell you to get a shotgun, but if your mind’s made up, your mind’s made up,” he said. “It’s my job to advise, but you make the decision.”

I had to fill out a federal form with my basic information and answer 13 easy questions about whether or not I was a fugitive, had mental illnesses or was an illegal alien. The store called Instacheck, a state program that surveys police records, and assigned me an approval number within five minutes. Instacheck replaced the former, mandatory five-day waiting period and the state police have found approximately 60 percent of individuals trying to buy a gun can be approved instantly. Firearms Unlimited owner Robert Carola guessed that number is closer to 95 percent.

Police do not know how the gun used to kill Watts was obtained. Derwin Milligan, 17, of Climax Street in Beltzhoover has been charged with criminal homicide in the death, and is not old enough to purchase a firearm legally. The murder weapon has not been found yet, police said.

I did not buy any bullets. I did not want to have any rounds lying around when I didn’t even know how to load a gun; I told Canella I wanted to wait until after I took the gun safety course he recommended. He was proud. A poster on the entranceway advertises National Rifle Association training courses. I ripped off one of the slips of paper with the Web site address, www.safe-tee.net. Carola said he takes pride in selling guns to “upstanding citizens” for sport or self protection.

Firearms Unlimited followed all of the laws. Canella even cajoled me into a four-day wait period while I applied for the Pennsylvania driver’s license.

I had entered the store at 1:22 p.m. Store clerk Brandon Moore loaded the gun into my trunk at 2:22 p.m. The actual purchase took an hour because of cash register technicalities.

Six days after Watts was murdered, four days after I applied for a driver’s license, one hour after entering the store and five minutes after a criminal record check, I legally owned a semiautomatic AK-47-style rifle.

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Clean97GTI
March 30, 2005, 05:57 PM
Wow, all this time, I've been trying to get a .30-06 to be accurate at 600 yards while a 7.62x39 can kill from a mile away! Jeez, why have I been spending my money on more expensive stuff.
Oh wait, what about the part that says accurate over short-distances... :scrutiny: I'm sure it is accurate over short distances, but lethal out to a mile isn't that short.

Oh, that WASR-10 doesn't fire like an AK-47. The WASR is semi-auto. A true AK-47 is select-fire.

ZeroX
March 30, 2005, 06:04 PM
My head hurts. :barf:

Zackmeister
March 30, 2005, 06:12 PM
I like her pink camo pants. :rolleyes:

This article seems pointless. Americans have the right to buy guns, what a revelation.

Gordon Fink
March 30, 2005, 06:12 PM
I gave up after the first three mistakes: “fun,” “news,” and “article.” :scrutiny:

~G. Fink

Warren
March 30, 2005, 06:14 PM
Wow, lethal out to a mile? That's better accuracy than the main gun or the MG's on a typical Sovbloc hulk.

Warren
March 30, 2005, 06:15 PM
What gets me the most is that this idiot can buy a AKlone and I can't. :banghead:

whm1974
March 30, 2005, 06:19 PM
Look at the bright side. How many non gun people are going to try out an AK now?

How about an article on her shooting it?

-Bill

garyk/nm
March 30, 2005, 07:10 PM
Maybe for a follow-up she could take it to Philadelphia and try to sell it? :evil:

Sir Aardvark
March 30, 2005, 07:33 PM
"a semiautomatic rifle developed for Soviets tank crews to kill from a mile away"

Where do I sign up to get one of these - are they new?.

These must be the ones I heard people talking about - the AK variant 50BMG/7.62 x 39 - accurate to a mile +.

answerguy
March 30, 2005, 07:53 PM
"a semiautomatic rifle developed for Soviets tank crews to kill from a mile away"

Where do I sign up to get one of these - are they new?.

These must be the ones I heard people talking about - the AK variant 50BMG/7.62 x 39 - accurate to a mile +.

I don't know why they even bother with turrets on tanks.

possenti
March 30, 2005, 08:17 PM
Hello,

I read with interest your story about purchasing an AK-47 (clone). I like the Russian design so well, I have two, and a third is in the works. I sincerely hope you participate in an NRA safety course and seriously consider shooting your new weapon for fun and recreation. If you do, I'm sure you will find the members of America's "gun culture" the most helpful and courteous people on the planet. You may have caught a hint of that when you went to Firearms Unlimited.

I understand the point of your story. You were demonstrating how easy it is to purchase such a scary-looking weapon at your friendly neighborhood gun store. Yes, it is easy - and law-abiding gun owners like me appreciate and value our freedom to do so. You see, availability of guns and the shooting outside the high school you mentioned has nothing to do with 99.9% of gun owners. It is a criminal problem, not a gun problem. Making it harder for people to buy guns is like restricting computer sales because someone might use it to hack into secure databases or spread viruses. Those who intend to use an inanimate object maliciously will always do so, no matter what the laws are.

I would like to encourage you to try out your new gun, and then write a follow-up story on your experience. Make a social event out of it. Take some girlfriends to the safety course with you and then to the range to shoot some targets. If you keep an open mind about it, I guarantee you'll enjoy it. Honest gun owners and shooters are simply tired of seeing nothing but anti-gun stories in the press. It's time someone broke away from the pack and gave a report on the positive aspect of gun ownership and recreation. I hope you are the person that chooses to swim against the tide.

Sincerely,
[possenti]

PS - I live in Kentucky. (Yes, I have all of my teeth, and I do wear shoes. And no, I'm not married to my sister or cousin.) I came across your story on TheHighRoad.org, an internet gun discussion forum. Here is the link where I found it:
http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=132499
I'll post this letter there, so others will look forward to your reply. Don't be discouraged by the negative comments on your story. As I mentioned before, we've grown weary of the same old news coverage of our hobby, and hope to see someone show it in a positive light someday.

Molon Labe
March 30, 2005, 08:40 PM
I did not buy any bullets.She considered buying bullets? So I guess she's a reloader, too. Cool! :D

homeka45
March 30, 2005, 09:01 PM
So what's the point, that a law-abiding citizen can purchase a firearm with minimal fuss? That's a good thing isn't it?
The kid who was the shooter was breaking the law by having the AK in the first place, let alone killing the victim.
Plus did you see where she tried not to flinch when he was showing her the magazine. This lady has serious problems starting with an inordinate fear of inanimate objects.
So an AK can cause trauma all over the body? Well so can a bat, a fist or a brick and they're very accurate at short distances too. This AK sounds like a superweapon, accurate at short ranges yet still able to kill someone a mile away!
Plus her last statement about having been able to buy an AK just a short while after someone was killed with the same weapon didn't make sense. I guess after each shooting the gun responsible should be immediately placed on the banned list or does she mean that since she now owned this bad juju-fetish AK it would overwhelm her and turn her into a murdering zombie?
They need to start banning specific car models involved in traffic fatalities.
This stuff is so tiresome, at the very least she deserved a spanking for lying to the nice guy behind the counter!

Tom Servo
March 30, 2005, 09:10 PM
Hey, at least her finger's OUTSIDE the trigger-guard in the picture.

What bugs me most is that, news story or not, she bought a gun she seems to have no intention of using, or even learning how to use. What happens to it now? Does she get trained, buy a safe, and practice? Or, does she keep it laying around like some distasteful family heirloom until it gets stolen by someone who does know how to use it.

TheOtherOne
March 30, 2005, 09:22 PM
What bugs me most is that, news story or not, she bought a gun she seems to have no intention of using, or even learning how to use. What happens to it now? Does she get trained, buy a safe, and practice? Or, does she keep it laying around like some distasteful family heirloom until it gets stolen by someone who does know how to use it.Don't worry, I'm sure that if you asked you would find out that it's simply going to be melted down to make shoes for orphaned children.

:D

Farnham
March 30, 2005, 09:24 PM
She's hot!! Nothing like a girl in a pink sweater and camouflage pants, holding an "AK-47" to get me goin...reckon she's married?

:neener:

whm1974
March 30, 2005, 09:32 PM
What bugs me most is that, news story or not, she bought a gun she seems to have no intention of using, or even learning how to use. What happens to it now? Does she get trained, buy a safe, and practice? Or, does she keep it laying around like some distasteful family heirloom until it gets stolen by someone who does know how to use it.

You know, she did go through more trouble then most people who are afraid of guns would have. Plus she spent her own money. She might shoot it and write an article on it.

-Bill

PATH
March 30, 2005, 10:15 PM
Well, I am old enough to be her father and I have to say she is as cute as a button! :D Too bad I am an old married geezer! :(

I hope Ms. Roberts will come to this board and see that shooters are pretty regular folks. Maybe some of you PA folks will extend an invitation to Ms. Roberts, and any friends she'd like to bring, to enjoy a day at the range.

faustulus
March 31, 2005, 02:57 AM
Sent her this note:
Nice article, (or was it a column?).
I am interested to know how many people your newly acquired AK-47 clone has injured since coming into your possession?
Thank you for your time.
Waiting for a reply.
She is kinda cute in that pic though. ;)

Old Fud
March 31, 2005, 03:54 AM
I'm having trouble believing that photograph is our reporter friend.
In the article, she described herself as wearing 2-piece pink sweater with a pearl neclace and HIGH HEELS. (You say "high heels" when you mean dress shoes. Not Platforms, cowboy boots or work boots with elevated heels.)

Photo is single sweater, no pearls, and those darling matching camo slacks would be worn with round-toed black patent leather boots -- Laced.
Not to mention she is cuddling that AK, not holding a poisonous instrument of the devil.

See?
Couldn't be the lady at the store.

(God, I can't believe I knew that ---- I've been living around women too long.)

Fud

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