The media kept yelling "All the guns legally purchased!" at the same time the murderers hadn't bought the rifles(which brings up "You mean a federal violation for straw purchases?"). And, as I'd thought,
While they were originally sold legally, with magazine locking devices commonly known as bullet buttons, the rifles were subsequently altered in different ways to make them more powerful, according to Meredith Davis, a special agent with the ATF.
The Smith & Wesson rifle was changed in an attempt to enable it fire in fully automatic mode, while the DPMS weapon was modified to use a large-capacity magazine, she said.
alterations made the weapons unlawful under California’s ban on assault
weapons, which bans guns with magazines that can detach for quick
Yes, it's an idiotic statement to say to make them more powerful ; it IS coming from ATF. Basic point stands: they were modified in violation of both state and federal laws.
But the gun bigots and the media, which is mostly Democrat operatives with bylines, will keep claiming we just need one more law, and all will be wonderful!