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Standoff in Schenectady results in weapons charge

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A man who threatened to harm himself last week was talked out of his residence safely by city police crisis negotiators, then found in possession of illegal high-capacity gun magazines in his house, authorities said. Police received a call Dec. 12 that John McEvoy, of 1111 Van Curler Ave., had threatened to harm himself, police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said. After about an hour, McEvoy came out peacefully, McCracken said. During a search of the ...

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December 20, 2013
10:04 a.m.

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Why was he arrested for the magazines when the high capacity ban does not go into effect until January 15, 2014?

December 20, 2013
1:14 p.m.

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Agreed. There must be more to the story. Certainly law enforcement wouldn't make up the rules as they go along (when has that ever happened before). Even as a supporter of the SAFE act (as well as hunters and recreational shooters. Heck, it's fun to shoot a gun), the law seems to be clear that the high cap mags have until 1/15/14 to be modified or sold out of state:
" Since 1994, magazines sold in New York could contain up to 10 rounds. This continues to be true today. You may buy, sell, and possess any magazine that can hold up to 10 rounds, regardless of when it was manufactured. If you have a magazine that can contain more than 10 rounds, you have until January 15, 2014 to permanently modify the magazine so that it holds no more than ten rounds, responsibly discard it, transfer it to a law enforcement agency or officer, or sell it to a dealer or an out of state purchaser "