Figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, obtained by The Associated Press through public records requests, show a marked increase in the number of AK-type weapons traced and entered into the agency’s computer database because they had been seized or connected to a crime.
The number of such tracings rose even while the federal assault weapons ban was in effect and has continued to climb since its expiration.
If you didn’t know better, and most people don’t, you would think that all these criminals are walking the streets with machine guns.
But the AK47 rifles sold in the U.S. are of the semiautomatic variety, not fully automatic machine guns. The reporter, as usual, does not mention the difference. This story is a perrenial favorite of gun opponents and the news media can be expected to oblige them regularly.