Not Something You Read Everyday

From a news report on a Pittsburgh apartment fire:

Once the fire fight was over, crews said they found a partially-damaged AK-47 assault rifle, which will be checked for proper ownership.

Officers said they will check to see if the alligator, which was unharmed by the fire, needs an exotic pet permit or if it already has one.

Well, okay then. Pretty sure ATF isn’t going to be able to trace the alligator though.

11 thoughts on “Not Something You Read Everyday”

  1. If ATF does check the alligator, they’ll probably claim it was used for crime in Mexico.

  2. It’s just a precautionary measure to make sure the alligator isn’t one of those extra-dangerous, high capacity assault alligators with the shoulder thing that goes up.

  3. wouldn’t the animal’s owner need the permit? I doubt the alligator would need it…

  4. The last part of the article said the police would check the AK47 for “proper ownership”. How exactly do they propose to do this as PA quite properly has no longarm database?
    is this just bad reporting or police handing out misinformation?

  5. I assumed that to mean they would do a trace. We’ve had registration in this country since 1968, it’s just that you can only, given a long gun, find out who the last person was to buy it at retail. Handguns are a different matter in PA, and there is an arguably illegal registry of those, which is no secret at this point. Actually, given PICS, there is probably one of long guns as well. One reason we need to get rid of POCs.

  6. I hope it’s not one of those pocketbook spraying assault alligators.

    And why does a large dangerous reptile *need* an AK? Compensating, perhaps? :)

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