Veteran New York Firefighter Nabbed for Buying 80 Percent Receivers in First Interstate Task Force Sting

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Veteran New York Firefighter Nabbed for Buying 80 Percent Receivers in First Interstate Task Force Sting
Aaron Martin was followed to a gun show and arrested on the way home. (Photo: NY Post)

A veteran New York firefighter has been charged with multiple gun-related crimes after an interstate task force followed him to a gun show in Pennsylvania and arrested him as he was driving home.

The sting is the first publicized action of the new Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns, a collaboration between state and federal law enforcement agencies announced by New York Governor Kathy Hochul last month.

When the task force was announced, it was unclear whether agents would be targeting large criminal networks of gun runners or individual gun owners. Now, we know.

Aaron B. Martin, 49, who works for FDNY’s elite Rescue 4 in Queens, was charged with multiple crimes, including felony possession of an “assault weapon,” according to the New York Post.

It’s unclear why agents targeted Martin, but the Post reports that a surveillance team followed Martin to the “Oaks Extravaganza” gun show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on Feb. 13.

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There, they allegedly observed him purchase two Polymer80 receivers, two “high-capacity magazines,” holding more than ten rounds, and one Sipahi semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun.

Agents followed Martin until he crossed the border into New York City and pulled him over in Howard Beach, Queens, on Belt Parkway.

At the time, Martin admitted to purchasing the shotgun but denied possessing any other firearms or gun parts, according to police. Law enforcement seized the gun and parts along with a set of brass knuckles.

Martin does not possess a license to own a shotgun, which is a requirement in New York City.

Martin has been suspended from the Fire Department of New York for 28 days without pay. Along with serving for Rescue 4, he is a chief on the Roosevelt, L.I., volunteer fire department.

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Law enforcement officials have not said why Martin was targeted, and he does not appear to have a criminal history.

When Gov. Hochul announced the task force, she characterized it as a way to stop the “flow of illegal guns.”

“We have a moral obligation to do everything we can to fight the scourge of illegal guns on our streets,” she said. “Too many lives have been lost because of illegal firearms that should never have been on our streets. By convening law enforcement officials from across the region, we can share intelligence and strategies that stem the flow of illegal guns and keep New Yorkers safe.”  

The task force brings together ATF agents along with law enforcement agencies from New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New Hampshire.

About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at [email protected].

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  • Dd February 28, 2022, 2:45 pm

    Looks like racism to me.

  • Deplorable Robert February 28, 2022, 12:30 pm

    80% lowers are NOT FIREARMS.

    The Shotgun was a firearm.

    And SINCE WHEN do we need to have PERMISSION to have a shotgun in our home?

    Is that so the most EFFECTIVE weapon against a thug is not used, and gives an edge to the thug who does have a sawed off shotgun?

    He was set up by someone or the GIVERMINT illegally spied on him.

    NYC is good for spying on law abiding citizens. Ask Donald J. Trump!!!!!

    Get a good lawyer that specializes in the 2nd A rights and SUE. And sue until a court over rules this state law, an Illegal state law.

    And, a 30 round magazine, a “clip” for you idiots, is a STANDARD magazine. It is also called a STOCK magazine.

    This guy was a non criminal.

    I think he should move to Texas, or Florida, or Tennessee. 3 gun friendly states.

  • NANNY STATE February 28, 2022, 12:11 pm

    this has been violated buy the unelected THUGS .



  • Jon February 28, 2022, 7:21 am

    This fella is going to have a big payday coming when he sues the crap out of them for illegal arrest, detainment and rights violation. All over a piece of metal. Such morons.

  • Branden Lesko February 28, 2022, 6:04 am

    This guy was targeted for some reason. They followed him FROM HIS HOUSE, to the gun show, trailed him there, then followed him back.

    How did they know to follow HIM? Because he was black? Looking pretty racist to me. Did they follow and arrest any white guys?

  • SeaRick February 26, 2022, 4:11 pm

    A sad warning of the communist intent to takeover our society and create a Russia-type authoritarian autocracy.
    We have a similar bill in the WA Communist Party which owns both houses. They will grandfather existing hi-cap mags (whatever the phuq that is?) but also ban possession of 80% lowers. Fortunately it will be shot down even by our leftist Supreme Court since our state constitution prohibits any law that is more restrictive than federal law.

    These anti-gunning defund police I hope will be the first victims of the idiocy of these brain-dead losers. I for one will refuse to defend or protect them when and if the SHTF. They come to my door they will meet a 12 gauge and a get off my property or die MFer

  • Blues Dad February 26, 2022, 11:22 am

    Freaking NAZIs. WTEF (What The Ever Fuck) so this is Bidens newest BS Leftist bastard. get all of his freaking goonies in offices and destroy our American GOD GIVEN FREEDOMS!! so seriously I say again WTEF. this is such bullshit Fucking New York Govern another goonie (and screw you libtards, go suck an egg and kick rocks. once they get our freedoms you douche bags your all next. Will be the ones you pussies run to to protect you and your family. were going to be like a 3rd world country if we don’t stand strong you don’t like it STFU & GTFO.

    So sick of these Libtards whiny about all the crap going on you blame the last guy for it all. Like this freaking looser is any better. not a snowballs chance in hell. you wait just wait you freaking libtards were doomed under this freaking luctaics adminstration.

    I quote the end lyrics to The Lunatics have taken over the asylum.

    “… The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum, take away my right to choose
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum, take away my point of view
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum, take away my dignity
    Take these things away from me
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum, take away my family
    Take away the right to speak
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum take away my point of view
    Take away my right to choose”

  • DANNY R. BLACK February 26, 2022, 8:08 am

    BALLOT OR THE BULLET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David A Welsh February 26, 2022, 1:50 am

    The fireman did nothing wrong in the eyes of the Founding Fathers and decent Americans. The pro-baby butcher, disgraced governor talks about “moral duty.” Shame on the cops who stupidly follow communist dictates. They deserve no friends.

  • Eric Holder February 25, 2022, 9:54 pm

    Know your enemy and let’s face it ATF and the task force are just collecting their checks and will do anything to stay sucking on that sweet paycheck. I hope no one would want to see anything bad happen to prostitutes. Oh sorry even street whores have some things they won’t do for a buck.

  • letcalhunt February 25, 2022, 6:24 pm

    I thank the Lord that I don’t live in a blue state and pray I never do

    • Scotty Gunn February 26, 2022, 11:16 am

      You will live in a blue state soon enough. Why do you think they are shipping all of the illegals across the country? They are flooding Red states that are on the edge, so that soon they will flip to blue. Your vote won’t matter, they will use illegals, and preprinted ballots by the pallet.

  • Tyson L Mendel February 25, 2022, 6:16 pm

    The only law breakers here in this story are the ones violating this man’s 2nd Amendment right, the Feds and the State of New York !

    • Joseph February 25, 2022, 10:08 pm

      Dumbest part of this is they take find away from law abiding people and the only ones with guns are the criminals. Definition of stupid, doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

  • LeaveNYNow February 25, 2022, 5:42 pm


    Vote with your Wallets and YOUR FEET.

    Voting with your Feet means MOVING out of these Communist States and therefore stop FUNDING their Tax Base.

  • HunterSaidItsOK February 25, 2022, 5:40 pm

    Hey now………Hunter said its Ok to violate Federal Gun and M/L Laws as long as “The Big Guy” is in Charge…

  • Todd February 25, 2022, 5:39 pm

    Racist Feds !

  • michael moore February 25, 2022, 3:55 pm


  • jim February 25, 2022, 2:35 pm

    I wish Mr. Martin a light sentence, and no ramifications to his career, aside from the 28-day suspension. Amazing that a single individual is targeted in a sting while young felons can buy a handgun on the street.
    Hopefully, NYC is also arresting the felons who own handguns.

    • W.E.BROWN JR. February 26, 2022, 10:26 am

      If you write to the ATF AND SAY SHOTGUN JOE they will give you a GET OUT OF JAIL CARD SIGNED BY NO BALLS JOE AND HIS HOE . This is what happens when a DEMOCRAP is leading AMERICA. Look back in history every time they are in power we the PEOPLE lose people in our ARMED SERVICES some where in the world CHECK back in time. They just ain’t wrapped tight in the HEAD. IT IS TIME TO GET SHED OF THESE HIND TIT SUCKERS IN D.C.

  • Leonard Stephen Feinman February 25, 2022, 1:44 pm

    It is time to fully re-arm America with both guns and thinking power. Every clear-thinking non-criminal adult should be able to own a firearm. All people should be allowed to own firearms, and those who say we shouldn’t be reeducated.
    Though unarmed, the people of Canada decided enough was enough and protested. They did the best they could, but they faced draconian measures and learned their Prime Minister is also a despot and pounced on his unarmed populace. Old people were trampled by police on horseback. Any means of resistance were removed beforehand.
    Why do we still sit silently when we hear a semi-auto rifle called an “Assault Rifle” when it obviously isn’t? Why don’t we laugh off the idea that a pistol magazine should be limited to a set number of rounds? What happened to common sense?

    And I am still angry because I can’t buy primers for reloading.

    • Tony February 25, 2022, 3:14 pm

      LOL, YOU ARE THE TEXTBOOK ANSWER to the questions you raised!!!

      We love to read comments by people like you that think they are so smart, but make illogical, absurd statements and ask very stupid questions (but the joke is that obviously they don’t realize their convolutions).

      Continue watching Fox tv, one can always tell a zombie watcher by the parroted statements they regurgitate.

      • Doc Loch February 26, 2022, 4:39 pm

        You are drunk or high, right?

      • john February 28, 2022, 6:44 am

        Oh look we have Tony the troll….who is nothing more than all OPINION AND NO CONTENT.

      • Deplorable Robert February 28, 2022, 1:46 pm

        I stocked up on primers, and even have 200 primers just for my muzzleloader. It may be Slow to use, but I could get a round off, decap,reload and recap, and fire in about 45 seconds to a minute for each round. It may not reach out a 1000 to 1200 yards like my hunting rifle, or fore as fast as someone’s AR15, but if I hit my target, it will put you down. 50 caliber is a half inch round ballistic tip. 150 grains of go juice (powder), and 250 grain bullet it give out a hurting. And many don’t realize you can order them from a catalog, and have it delivered to your door. No FFL needed, no background check either. Pistols can contain 6 rounds too.

        But, nowadays, the primers and the powder is hard to find.
        You may want to invest in a compound or crossbow.
        Guns that govt can regulate, aren’t the only means to protect yourself.

    • Common_Man February 25, 2022, 3:33 pm

      Imagine living in the third world sh*thole known as NYC.

      Free Americans need not ask for permission to exercise a God given right, one enshrined and guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

      People of NYC are not free men, they are subjects, serfs, owned by the State.

  • Steve February 25, 2022, 1:39 pm

    I guess since they couldn’t find any gangbangers at the show they would get this guy just to show they were doing something.

  • Dave February 25, 2022, 12:23 pm

    The Swamp is in reality the Unelected Bureaucrats that the politicians put in place. Think about it in this case? These Unelected Bureaucrats have the power to destroy this First Responder’s life with criminal charges and to take his money and possessions. There were several Unelected Bureaucrats who violated the First Responder’s Constitutional Rights. Basically, he was entrapped. They waited and watched him buy perfectly legal items and followed him until he crossed into NYC. Then stopped and arrested him. Simply because of his Service as a Firefighter, he should have been given the respect he deserves and warned that if he intends to take his legal purchases into NYC, he would be arrested. Then he could have left his purchases with an FFL for safekeeping until he could secure the permit to own a shotgun. We must fire the power hungry Unelected Bureaucrats!

    • Tony February 25, 2022, 3:21 pm

      WHY do people like you make idiotic statements for which they have no expertise? NO, THIS WAS NOT ENTRAPMENT Because one hears a word some people think they understand it and have to show what intellects they are – by sticking their head up their arse making a fool of themselves!

      Stick to what you know, like maybe filling gas tanks or changing tires….

      • David A Welsh February 26, 2022, 1:53 am

        Tony is a government plant–potted plant.

      • W.E.BROWN JR. February 26, 2022, 10:38 am

        Why don’t you go find a cigar box and every day find and put a small like your mine ROCK in it. And when said box is full YOU WILL BE ABOUT AS SMART AS THAT BOX OF ROCKS. SO DUMP IT AND START OVER BRAINS.

      • Hondo February 26, 2022, 3:53 pm

        The more I see of your idiotic post’s the more I am annoyed with your stupid ass.

        Why don’t you take your imbecilic opinions and go troll some place else you douchebag.

      • Doc Loch February 26, 2022, 4:41 pm

        Oh, so you’re a troll. Are you a paid troll? I’ll go find out. CYA soon!

      • Roger February 27, 2022, 10:36 pm

        Pull your Liberalist head out of your arse!😳 2nd Amendment Violated!!!

      • Red Rider February 28, 2022, 7:27 am

        It looks like blue dog turd (it/that) has a new troll disguise as tony.
        Stupid ass loser who should be horse whipped.

      • Deplorable Robert February 28, 2022, 2:04 pm

        Were these NYC agents or Federal ATF?
        I’M think state or city folk. Because 80% lowers are NOT firearms. That’s like saying a tire is a car. It is a NON FUNCTIONING incomplete,unusable, part without extensive machine work. Then have more parts added. If you went to a car dealership, and purchased a gas tank, and took it home, it alone is not a car.
        See, I can be an idiot for you too, but everything I said was true, common sense, and legal.
        Are you a troll, or just always nasty to other folks, that want to comment? Are you from Jersey or NYC? I USED to live in the commie state of Jersey. Now I live in a free state, down south.

    • Citizen of the USA February 26, 2022, 1:27 am


  • Dexter Winslett February 25, 2022, 12:12 pm

    How long are we going to put up with this tyranny? Water the damn tree!

  • DAVID E INGRAM February 25, 2022, 11:58 am

    Judging from the information in the article, this is just sad. Big dent in crime here.

  • Patrick February 25, 2022, 11:49 am

    It says the guy besides being a career firefighter, is also involved with Roosevelt FD. If he lives in Roosevelt, he has done nothing wrong. Last time I checked, Roosevelt is in Nassau County, NOT NYC, so no special license or permit required for shotgun.

  • Nanny state February 25, 2022, 11:47 am


    • David A Welsh February 26, 2022, 1:55 am

      If you see a commie state trooper in distress, drive by and wave.

  • Lets go Brandon" February 25, 2022, 11:27 am

    Can not own a SHOTGUN? Thought that is was Brandon said everyone needs?
    If people want to make a difference, start showing up to protest these so called elected officials. Start getting together with your neighbors of common thought! Start joining clubs, ect. I would not mind getting to 1st name with all on here that have the same mindset. That is the only way we will make a difference!

  • EasyEddie February 25, 2022, 10:56 am

    As of 12/21, NYS now apparently criminalizes 80% lowers, etc. The best part of New York was seeing it in my rearview mirror 3 years ago.

  • K. R. V. February 25, 2022, 10:23 am

    Why can’t this man, a Firefighter who puts his life on the line for his neighbors, just stand up in court with his attorney, or actually without one an the expense that goes with, just stand up in court with a copy of The Constitution and Bill Of Rights, to be able to plead NOT GUILTY! To have all charges dropped and his property returned? How can such a small number of tyrannical bullies ruin that man’s life? Ok now I could see if this guy was doing this for profit or a gang, or to crest mayhem. But as a collector, looking out for the well being of himself and loved ones? All while the same tyrants that refuse him his rights to self defense, can have armed guards at their beckoned call?? It’s just not right!!

  • Clint W. February 25, 2022, 10:23 am

    Well, in this instance, I would not fault this man in playing the race card. How many white folks did they follow in that show and record what they bought and then tailed them to see what direction they headed in? Pure and simple, they picked this man because of his color. Guess we will all need a wingman with us now. While we are browsing and buying, a friend needs to be observing who is watching you and what direction the CCTV cameras are pointing.

    • CJ February 25, 2022, 1:50 pm

      Wouldn’t surprise me at all if that was the case.

  • Abby Normal February 25, 2022, 9:51 am

    Why do Americans still live in these commie ShitBag states still? They aren’t internment camps – yet.

    • Snake February 25, 2022, 10:48 am

      I support your statement. Personally, I am just waiting for the day on which they will build a wall around these states, like they did back then in East-Germany, so nobody can attempt to leave their “socialist paradise”.

  • Jim February 25, 2022, 9:47 am

    Felony possession of an assault weapon, exactly what do these POS consider an assault weapon now! I’m sure they feel good about themselves stopping this horrible gang banger from rampaging the streets. He must do that in between risking his life fighting fires, and saving the lives of innocent people. Sounds like they NY is safer tonight.

  • Rob February 25, 2022, 9:40 am

    Where is my comment on Task Force principal PA AG Josh Shapiro and the truth of his perfidy in Pennsylvania?

    Censorship of truth?

    I expected more from Gunsamerica.

    • Robert February 25, 2022, 11:03 am

      I see you posted my comment.

      Credit where credit is due!

      You are to be applauded for posting comments.

      Censorship is Tyranny.

  • Todd February 25, 2022, 9:38 am

    Welcome to the world o f Californians.

    Though, they have it easier. *They* troll the parking lots in Nevada and Arizona, trail folk in gun shows and then merely wait for you to be stopped at the “agricultural check-points” on the entire border of California.

    Let’s Go Brandon!

    • roger February 25, 2022, 6:46 pm

      what completely stupid statements!! WHY should someone that breaks the existent legal structure be allowed, as you state so ignorant;y, to get off basically just because of his position as a first responder – do special interests get allowance to break laws in your world?
      So why shouldn’t a gang-banger also get the same treatment, since he is a criminal, a lowlife. a loser in your eyes?…but he too broke the law so why is his punishment different (depending upon other convictions & offenses). Are YOU to be the judge, Gawd, I Hope NOT!!
      Wake up, think before you make asinine ignorant comments!

      • David A Welsh February 26, 2022, 1:57 am

        The Founding Fathers said you have to leave.

      • Todd February 28, 2022, 10:58 am

        What the hell does that rant have to do with what I posted?

        Type smarter…. not faster!

  • DaRu February 25, 2022, 9:36 am

    Tyranny in the USA: Demanding a citizen get a license to exercise God-given rights supposedly protected by our Bill of Rights.

    • tony February 25, 2022, 6:48 pm

      GOD GIVEN?, are you freakin’ NUTS? what kind of completely ignorant, absurd BS is that? People like you make these ridiculous statements without engaging your brain to even fire on 10% of its cylinders!

      • Dude February 25, 2022, 10:47 pm

        WHATS YOUR NAME???!!!!

      • David A Welsh February 26, 2022, 1:59 am

        Tony doesn’t believe in God, so he is lost in these environs. Pray for his conversion. There must be a road to a town called Damascas somewhere near him.

      • Hondo February 26, 2022, 3:57 pm

        Oh look another moronic comment by tony the imbecilic troll.

        Yet another leftist know it all, hey tony GFY.

  • lefty February 25, 2022, 9:20 am

    more reasons than ever to permanently exit these states

  • jeff wood February 25, 2022, 9:14 am

    charged with owning an assault weapon???? an 80 percent lower is NOT an assault weapon any more that a block of aluminum is an assault weapon?? If he bought a hammer and brought it to new your would it be an assault weapon? Im sure there have been many assaults with a hammer (look it up). New your is a county all to its self, why anyone would want to live there is beyond me, but like all the other lib cities, they deserve what they elect!! Sorry.

  • D.J. February 25, 2022, 9:11 am

    There is a simple solution to those states that
    refuse to acknowledge the 2d Amendment to
    the United States Constitution ………………

    UNASS the “ Foxtrotting “ A.O . !

    Simple .

  • John February 25, 2022, 9:10 am

    Here we have a man with no record. I’m sure that the DA will do everything in his power to destroy him. If it was some druggy or some one like that, he would get a slap on the wrist and turned out on the street with in minutes. My guess is that the neighborhood where this guy lives is going downhill fast (do to laws not being enforced by the DA) and wants to protect himself and his family. In a liberals eyes how terrible is that! You must be made to suffer for such thoughts and actions. I hope the NRA or some freedom alliance helps this guy out and uses it to break the stupidly of NY’s gun laws.

  • Ole Da Hammer February 25, 2022, 8:41 am

    I would like them to DEFINE “assault weapon”. By definition, a butter knife, if wielded properly, is an “assault weapon”. They can’t define it an ANY coherent and specific way. They would like it to mean “any semi-automatic rifle”, but they day they do that, I say the game is on at that point…

  • Armed and Dangerous February 25, 2022, 8:38 am

    Gov. Hochul says “By convening law enforcement officials from across the region, we can share intelligence and strategies that stem the flow of illegal guns and keep New Yorkers safe.” I’m sure this makes New Yorkers feel so much safer. Since their defund the police and no bail policies, crime, including murder has nearly doubled. I feel safer, don’t you?

  • Rob February 25, 2022, 8:23 am

    Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro, who is running for governor in 2022, is one of the anti-gun-rights AGs involved.

    I am personally aware of his cover-up of alleged crimes in my county, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

    The evidence for the alleged crimes is overwhelming, incontrovertible, and irrefutable.

    One incident involves a former Democrat state representative who is alleged to have committed election fraud and perjury in a court of law. AG Shapiro was an ally with this ex-state representative in the PA House when they served together. They are friends.

    When confronted in the form of an official complaint with the evidence against this ex-state representative, AG Josh Shapiro not only refused to investigate (as is his required duty under PA law), but he also ignored the complaint by failing to contact the complainant. I know this to be true because I am the one who filed the complaint.

    The second incident alleging criminal wrongdoing, which AG Shapiro ignored when presented to him in the form of an official complaint, involves a cover-up of alleged crimes by a Democrat DA running a 2012 county investigating grand jury and a sealed grand jury presentment from that grand jury which the Democrat presiding judge sealed and which remains sealed to this very day almost eight years later from when it was sealed in 2014.

    The third incident involves criminal allegations against the current Fayette County Democrat Party chairman and other party members. In 2018, the chairman of the PA GOP filed an official complaint with the Fayette County Election Bureau over criminal allegations regarding violations of Pennsylvania’s Voter Registration Act. Long story short, members of the county Democrat Party were alleged to have criminally offered inducements for registered voters to switch party registration at a booth at the county fair. A hearing was held on September 10, 2018. At that hearing, the Voter Registration Commission (comprised of two attorneys who substituted for two commissioners with conflicts of interest and another commissioner who is a trained paralegal) unanimously sent its findings to the county DA for investigation. The DA, due to his own conflict of interest as a then-Democrat, forwarded the allegations and evidence to AG Shapiro for required investigation.

    AG Shapiro allowed the statute of limitations to run out. Criminal charges were never filed against anyone.

    On Fridays at 3:15 p.m. Eastern, one can tune in to the Facebook livestream on WMBS Radio’s Facebook page and watch “The Democratic Hour” hosted by Fayette County Chairman George “Huck” Rattay. During 2022, you will surely hear him advocate strongly for Democrat gubernatorial candidate and current PA AG Josh Shapiro. He — along with certain other Fayette County Democrats, who have been alleged to have committed crimes, but who were never charged by AG Shapiro — now owes Shapiro all the support he can muster.

  • A. Brent Harshbarger February 25, 2022, 8:22 am

    So a guy buys some paperweights that resemble parts of a weapon (which is what an 80% is until it’s finished) and buys a shotgun for personal defense and gets arrested for no permit before he gets home. Isn’t he allowed some time to apply for a permit to possess the shotgun? And if he wasn’t in the city limits, can they still enforce not having a permit until he gets in the city? Seems like it would be a better use of resources to get guns off the streets from the gangs in New York rather than a first responder.

  • Daniel Hernandez February 25, 2022, 8:14 am

    Well I don’t know the laws in NY for 80% lowers. But you can’t cross state lines to purchase a firearm without going through an FFL in your home state. So really the shotgun purchase is the issue. He had to know that. If all those items were legal to possess in NY he could’ve ordered them online, had them sent to his FFL, then had them legally transferred to his custody. That’s been the law for a awfully long time.

    • Aaron Stocks February 25, 2022, 10:50 am

      Daniel, that’s simply not true. Handguns must be purchased/transferred through an FFL in your state, but long guns can be purchased from any FFL. Out of state person to person sales are supposed to go through an ffl. If he purchased the shotgun from a dealer at the show, he should be good to go, aside from NY’s asinine “permit” laws.

    • Greg February 25, 2022, 11:26 am

      In general handguns have this restriction, but long guns do not. This is from the ATF website. Notice the law references state law and not local (nyc) law.
      May a licensee sell a firearm to a nonlicensee who is a resident of another State?
      Generally, a firearm may not lawfully be sold by a licensee to a nonlicensee who resides in a State other than the State in which the seller’s licensed premises is located. However, the sale may be made if the firearm is shipped to a licensee whose business is in the purchaser’s State of residence and the purchaser takes delivery of the firearm from the licensee in his or her State of residence. In addition, a licensee may sell a rifle or shotgun to a person who is not a resident of the State where the licensee’s business premises is located in an over–the–counter transaction, provided the transaction complies with State law in the State where the licensee is located and in the State where the purchaser resides.

      [18 U.S.C. 922(b)(3); 27 CFR 478.99(a)]

    • David A Welsh February 26, 2022, 2:02 am

      The 2a applies to all states equally!

  • Jim S. February 25, 2022, 8:05 am

    It was clearly obvious this law abiding citizen was buying a weapon for self defense in his crime -ridden lawless city he works in ; but the nitwits in law enforcement wanted to pad their statistics for the public consumption to show that they were doing something to combat crime! It was much easier to bust an innocent person than to put themselves in the line of fire from local officials and actual gun toting criminals ! Shame on the ATF for going after law abiding low hanging fruit, what a disgraceful act on the part of law enforcement! I would suggest that you start fighting real crime instead of acting like iddiots while your city sinks into chaos and despair by the actions of REAL CRIMINALS !!!!

  • Edward Jackson February 25, 2022, 8:02 am

    “Too many lives have been lost because of illegal firearms that should never have been on our streets.
    Wish they would change firearms to aliens and solve that issue.

    • David A Welsh February 26, 2022, 2:03 am

      And those who abort innocent babies. Why aren’t the cops arresting them?

  • DELCO February 25, 2022, 7:52 am

    This firefighter/Vet has all these resources being used against him SERIOUSLY? Unless this guy was doing things that we otherwise don’t know yet , then it’s a very depressing scary situation. A man who served his country, and is still serving and volunteering. Our tax money is being used to follow , track then detain this man Seriously? Meanwhile we have wide open borders with fentanyl pouring into our schools and communities, killing record numbers of Americans. Where is all the surveillance on the coyotes that are sex trafficking 10 yr old kids ? Again unless this firefighter is up to some other serious illegal activity, then what a humbling awareness of exactly how much effort is going in the wrong direction regarding our country. I’d say set up a go fund me for this firefighter/ Vet but unfortunately that method of helping people has also been compromised by power hungry politicians who won’t stop until everyone is obedient to their ways of thinking. The gas alone over $4 a gallon for all these surveillance vehicles cost tax payers how much? I can’t stop seriously, the thought a man who has done so much being tracked down for such minor things. No accountability for the people flying the drones.

  • jim February 25, 2022, 7:50 am

    Please note that he is a resident of The Peoples Republic of NYC. Possession of the items listed are illegal there. Had he brought them to his home in another state (most anyway) there would be no criminality absent any other criminal intent (in my opinion).

  • Steve February 25, 2022, 7:43 am

    The last of the racist institutions in America, governments. The poor guy is guilty of buying while black. It’s pathetic that the totalitarians are out to destroy this guy who’s only crime is exercising his rights.

  • Rob February 25, 2022, 7:08 am


    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

    • t February 25, 2022, 6:54 pm

      People like you don’t even understand anything about some of the material you publish here, though you stomp and scream like a trumpian maggot all over the place, feeling you have an understanding. WHAT is your point is publishing the section above here when anyone can READ it any time theyn want too – ITS NOT THE WORDS, IDIOT, ITS THE CONTENT…and clearly you and people like you that always put this stuff out have no comprehension of intellectual understanding about it..
      You really managed to educate the folks with your post!!

      • Hondo February 27, 2022, 5:23 pm

        Tony, why you so dumb?

  • Juan Martinez February 25, 2022, 7:00 am

    There may be something this guy was doing that led them to spy on him, but still, it’s obvious that the anti-2A group are looking to harm the law abiding citizens and put our country in harms way by targeting those who will more than likely be less of a threat to stop. When are they going to put the same efforts to go after the criminals and illegals? They won’t stop until they have confiscated all weapons and can have full authority and power over the people.

    • Armed and Dangerous February 25, 2022, 8:17 am

      Oh no Juan, they’re all in favor of criminals and illegals. Where else are they gonna get enough votes to stay in office?

  • Big daddy February 25, 2022, 6:28 am

    There’s no depth that libtards won’t sink to in order to violate the constitution and our rights. This is why I don’t lose any sleep when the petty tyrants with a badge get targeted.

  • Pro2A February 25, 2022, 6:07 am

    Seems we need to hear more details of this story. Either one of the LE agents recognized him or he told someone his plan and they shared it. Sadly I’m sure his intent was not anything malicious but without details it’s hard to know.

  • Dan Barnes February 25, 2022, 5:40 am

    Doubt the followed him to the show. Far more likely they just set up in the parking lot of the show, observed him arrive in a car with NY plates, and followed him from there. That’s the tactic NY has used for years to catch cigarette bootleggers.

  • Larry Kelley jr February 25, 2022, 5:40 am

    How are they saying these were sold Illegally.
    There not Illegal 80% Lower Receivers have been for sale for many years

    • Mark K February 25, 2022, 9:01 am

      It isn’t the SALE that’s illegal. It’s the importation into the Democratic People’s Republic of New York City that’s illegal. That’s why they didn’t arrest the guy at the gun show (or the seller). Because he was 100% legal until he crossed the border into NYC. I learned something else here too. You must have a permit to own a SHOTGUN in NYC? Sheesh. And nobody has taken that to the Supreme Court??

      Glad I don’t live there.

  • Larry Kelley jr February 25, 2022, 5:34 am

    Sense when did it become Illegal to Purchase a 80% Lower Receiver.
    Our Own Government says it’s Legal for a individual Purchase and Build your Own Firearm.

    • Armed and Dangerous February 25, 2022, 8:31 am

      What you say may be true but when he purchased a shotgun and crossed the state line into New York without a permit to own one, he was guilty of a communist NY law. Also I don’t understand how he bought the shotgun as it is illegal to buy or sell a firearm to an out of state resident. Yes, there are a few exceptions such as military stationed in another state etc. but I doubt this guy met any exceptions. Whoever sold him the shotgun will get caught up in this also.

      • Greg February 25, 2022, 11:15 am

        Actually it must be a New York specific law that prevents out-of-state purchases. Federally you can purchase a long gun in another state as long as you are present for the purchase and the sale itself is legal at the time. I believe it used to be only adjoining States allowed this but then it was extended to all states. If I lived in Oklahoma and drove to Texas and purchase a shotgun and then drove home I would not be breaking any laws. Perhaps New York has something specific on the books in addition to the license to possess a shotgun.

      • Greg February 25, 2022, 11:32 am

        It is absolutely not illegal to sell a long gun to somebody out of state in the United States. The only law I see broken here is bringing a shotgun into New York City without a permit. It will be interesting to see how the lawyers sort this out. This is from the ATF website regarding out-of-state purchases.

        “May a licensee sell a firearm to a nonlicensee who is a resident of another State?
        Generally, a firearm may not lawfully be sold by a licensee to a nonlicensee who resides in a State other than the State in which the seller’s licensed premises is located. However, the sale may be made if the firearm is shipped to a licensee whose business is in the purchaser’s State of residence and the purchaser takes delivery of the firearm from the licensee in his or her State of residence. In addition, a licensee may sell a rifle or shotgun to a person who is not a resident of the State where the licensee’s business premises is located in an over–the–counter transaction, provided the transaction complies with State law in the State where the licensee is located and in the State where the purchaser resides.

        [18 U.S.C. 922(b)(3); 27 CFR 478.99(a)]”

  • Damian February 25, 2022, 4:56 am

    So we target a 1st responder but blm can kill a policeman and be walking free the next day? Way to go NY. Keep electing demosocialist, BRANDON SUPPORTERS! WHATS WRONG WITH YOU AMERICA? JUST KEEP BEING SHEEP.

    • PacosMojo February 25, 2022, 8:24 am

      NY is run by Marxists because the majority of their electorate is Marxist. If you live in NY and don’t subscribe to collectivism, you need to leave ASAFP.

      • tony February 25, 2022, 6:58 pm

        So often idiots post comments like yours, and 99% don’t even understand what a marxist or socialist is – what it actually means. You just hear the half and mis-truths from that weasel tucker carlson or that lunatic ego-maniac treasonous trump and start spouting all this crap without any idea that you are ignorantly babbling a bunch of ignorant misstatements!

        • Hondo February 28, 2022, 11:14 am

          Tony , take your bitch ass whiney comments someplace else. The adults are talking now.

    • Armed and Dangerous February 25, 2022, 8:32 am

      Democrats know where their votes come from

  • Bob February 25, 2022, 4:51 am

    Charging him for possession of an Assault weapon. BS charge based on what he purchased his lower is not an Assault weapon by true definition. Hope his attorney knows this and moves for a dismissal

    • RJ February 25, 2022, 11:39 am

      I live in a state where the law banning “assault weapons” loosely defines what an assault weapon is AND the law includes any parts and pieces that can be joined with other parts and pieces to form a weapon that meets the law’s definition of assault weapon. Don’t try to apply common sense. You have to read the law that he is being charged by. I haven’t read the New York law, but I can see the exact same thing happening in my state, being charged with assault weapon possession charges, just by buying a bag of parts.

  • James Richards February 25, 2022, 4:13 am

    Where did My Comment Go? What Total BS Ask for Comments and then don’t Post Them!

  • Santiago February 25, 2022, 4:10 am

    Ah yes because confiscating guns from a law abiding, life saving first responder is 100% totally going to save lives. God these anti 2a assholes would be executed on the spot if the founding fathers were around, seriously, the amount ofntimes these rats have defiled our Constitutional rights has caused our found fathers to be spinning faster than the speed if light in their Graves. This was 100% a case of entrapment as I guarantee the seller was a fed.

  • James Richards February 25, 2022, 4:10 am

    Freaking Scum! Completely Unconstitutional Actions Done by Oath breaking Scumbags! Doxx Them, and Make Them Pay!

  • Dannis Peavy February 25, 2022, 3:31 am

    You can take one look at his photo and tell he’s another racist white supremacists Trumpet

    • Armed and Dangerous February 25, 2022, 8:40 am

      You’re right Dannis. The black face is just a disguise.

  • Blue Dog (he/him) February 24, 2022, 5:11 pm

    Sounds like he was illegally importing controlled items into a jurisdiction where they were banned. He got caught committing a crime.

    • krinkov545 February 25, 2022, 7:52 am

      Where’s an actual victim? It’s him.

    • Law abiding citizen February 25, 2022, 7:53 am

      Warning your rational common sense approach will come across as anti 2md amendment hyper liberal

      • Hondo February 25, 2022, 2:34 pm

        Because it is, dipshit.

    • PacosMojo February 25, 2022, 8:21 am

      First off, I only wish scum like you the absolute worst. But yes, crimes were indeed committed in this sordid affair. Aaron Martin was the victim of multiple crimes committed by the state of NY and the federal government.

    • Hondo February 25, 2022, 1:23 pm

      Bluedouche him/clown , what confuses you about the text of “ shall not be infringed” ? You are nothing more than a troll.

    • Shanz February 25, 2022, 1:35 pm

      Yup. Kinda like Hunter Biden who knowingly falsified a federal firearm purchase form. He committed a crime right? I mean you’re not some kind of hypocrite right?

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