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Three men accused of selling 100 illegal assault rifles

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Posted at 8:09 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 12:38:23-04

New York authorities say they have charged three men from a suburban Rochester gun shop with felonies for selling more than 100 rifles classified as illegal assault weapons under state law.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Police Superintendent George Beach say the charges follow a two-year investigation at Jackson Guns and Ammo in Henrietta, which was a federally licensed firearms dealer.

Authorities say the shop, now closed, was owned and operated by 40-year-old Kordell Jackson of West Henrietta.

He and two employees face charges including criminal sales of a firearm. A call to Jackson was not immediately returned.

In 2013, New York lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlawed the sale of popular semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and any single military-style feature.

That brought thousands of protesters to Albany.