Iraq War Hero First to be Charged Under New York Gun Law
March 21, 2013  //  By:   //  Andrew Cuomo, Gun Control, New York  //  10 Comments

wpid-army.jpgBenjamin Wassell, a Marine veteran who served two tours of duty in the Iraq war, and received a Certificate of Commendation for having rescued fellow Marines from further injury despite suffering his own traumatic brain injury, is the first person to be charged under New York’s new gun law.

Via Buffalo News:

Benjamin M. Wassell is more than just the state’s first defendant accused of illegal weapon sales under its tough new gun control law.

He’s an Iraq War hero who, despite a traumatic brain injury from an improvised explosive device that destroyed his vehicle back in 2006, was able to lead other wounded Marines through a minefield to safety, according to loved ones and military records.

The 32-year-old Silver Creek man, who family members say would still be in the Marines had he not been severely injured, is also a devoted husband and father of two young children.

But Wednesday morning in Hanover Town Court, Wassell found himself at the center of the fierce debate spawned by the New York SAFE Act, adopted in response to the slaughter of Connecticut schoolchildren late last year.

Wassell is charged with selling rifles that are illegal under the SAFE Act, by adding accessories to the weapons and making them more valuable.

He could spend up to seven years in prison.

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10 Comments to “Iraq War Hero First to be Charged Under New York Gun Law”
  • Robert Stevenson
    March 21, 2013 - Reply

    Insanity is, what insanity does….our Government is insane.

  • Lemrob
    March 21, 2013 - Reply

    Our government is over reaching its bounds.

  • Robert A. Burmeister
    March 21, 2013 - Reply


  • Alex S.
    March 21, 2013 - Reply

    Our government is full of traitors. Men like Benjamin Wassell are American heroes, but that no longer matters to our government, nor to the liberal media. As for New York’s SAFE Act, it’s a giant load designed to weaken the residents of New York.

  • bullet2354
    March 21, 2013 - Reply

    Please consider moving out of the State of New York.

  • Mark Boyle
    March 22, 2013 - Reply


  • Robert Chowaniec
    March 22, 2013 - Reply

    There are murderers in Ny that get less than this.Wake up New Yorkers!

  • Aaron G. Valentine
    March 25, 2013 - Reply

    the law is the law, no matter who you are…….just don’t break it!

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