Hanover Man Supposed First Person Arrested for Violating NY SAFE Act

March 15, 2013 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 8:14 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 15, 2013 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 8:14 AM EDT

An arrest has been made for the first time under the NY SAFE Act.

32-year-old Benjamin Wassell of Hanover is charged with illegally selling two assault weapons that are banned under the state's new gun control law.

According to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Wassel sold illegal semiautomatic assault weapons to an undercover NYS Police Investigator on two separate occasions.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Wassell in the Town of Hanover Court, Wassell arranged to sell an illegal DelTon DTI-15 assault rifle to the police officer in January.

The complaint also alleges that in February, Wassell sold an Armalite AR-10 Magnum Semiautomatic Rifle to the NYS Police officer, in violation of the newly enacted NY SAFE Act, which made it illegal to transfer, sell, exchange, and dispose of an Assault Weapon to a person unauthorized to possess such a weapon.

If convicted, Wassel could face up to seven years in prison.

Because the rifle was outfitted with additional features including a pistol grip, telescoping butt stock, and a bayonet mount, it is classified as an illegal assault weapon under the Penal Law. The criminal sale of an illegal weapon is a class D felony.

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