Skip to comments.Yunsong Zhao: Charges Dropped on Obscure Rifle law after Eight Months in Custody
Posted on 01/18/2019 4:56:09 AM PST by marktwain
On September 24, 2018, Yunsong Zhao was vindicated. He had done nothing illegal. The evidence against him was so weak, the judge did not let the case go to trial. He dismissed the case based on lack of evidence. From wsls.com:
CHRISTIANSBURG A judge on Monday dismissed the firearms charge against former Virginia Tech student Yunsong Zhao, saying that he didnt believe the police officer or gun dealer who were the prosecutions main witnesses.
The evidence that Zhao, a 20-year-old Chinese national, possessed an assault weapon that is allowed only for U.S. citizens or permanent residents was too flimsy to let a jury even consider a conviction, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Marc Long said. Zhao, who has been locked up since his Jan. 29 arrest, had faced up to five years in a Virginia prison if found guilty on the gun charge.
Zhao grinned and clasped his hands after Mondays dismissal then was returned to the custody of federal immigration authorities.
If Zhao had been a citizen or a permanent resident, he would have been released at that point. But Zhao was in the U.S. on a student visa.
Zhao had been charged with an obscure law making it illegal for a non-citizen to put a magazine that holds more than 20 rounds into a semi-automatic rifle. Zhao had legally purchased the rifle, which originally had 30 round magazines with it.
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Let me guess: They are paranoid about another mass shooting happening, yet have done absolutely nothing in terms of security at Virginia tech, no armed security guards, no single entrance, no armed teachers, no armed anybody because nothing is more important than allowing another fish in a barrel shooting to occur so the left can have another reason to unconstitutionally infringe upon the 2nd.
“Virginia law makes it illegal for a non-citizen to place a magazine that holds more than 30 rounds”
THAT will stop a mass shooter for sure!
That should be more than 20 rounds, not more than 30 rounds.
How is a non-citizen passing the background check to purchase a firearm?
Here’s a better guess: The idea of a foreign national walking around armed with anything more than a pocket knife is preposterous.
Why shouldn't a non-criminal non-resident have the right to arms?
Ideally, President Trump would negotiate the same rights for U.S. citizens in other countries.
Does not US law prohibit foreigners visiting on student visas from purchasing and/or possessing firearms?
How do you know they are a “non-criminal”? Do background checks cover foreign countries?
You think THAT is bad? What about the Monolithic Medias attempt to ban even DISCUSSION of 3-D printable firearms?
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and download for FREE all 10 printable gun blueprints, then spread the word to your friends. I did!
Since I didn’t know this was possible, I’d never thought of it before. My gut reaction is, this is bad. It allows lone wolf types to cause problems, assuming we don’t catch their radicalization, etc.
The argument (that I heard from Shapiro) about “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” as defining when you gain rights such as arms would apply to a non-criminal (non-illegal) non-resident, so I guess technically they do have this right...
And yet CNC code for a metal receiver is just fine!
As a Chinese national(that is allowed to study in the United States), he is probably well versed on how to handle a personal protection rifle both safely and efficiently...
They are either Inalienable Rights that are endowed by the creator or they are not. If he does not have them then neither do the rest of us.
There is a loophole on the ATF form that if you have a carry license you can buy weapons. I saw a british contractor buy a gun at the gunshop that way.
Not if the state issues a carry permit. Is why the shall issue clause in a sanctuary California like state is a scary thought.
You want thousands of armed Chinese nationals walking around here in this country? Isn’t that what we used to call an INVASION?
Nine months in prison, then deported for an expired student visa.
Ok, I didn’t capitalize the word “EFFICIENTLY”, even though I knew what it meant.
“And yet CNC code for a metal receiver is just fine!”
Yep! That just shows the HYPOCRITICAL IGNORANCE of the DemocRAT/Media Complex!
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