June 30, 2016
By Tara Jessup
Rochester, NY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York State Police (NYSP) Superintendent George Beach announced today that their offices had charged
Following a two-year-long investigation into the illegal sales of assault weapons in Western New York, three men have been charged on multiple weapons counts. The charges stem from illegal sales of more than one hundred assault rifles at Jackson Guns and Ammo in the Rochester suburb of Henrietta, New York. Jackson Guns and Ammo, then a federally licensed firearm dealer, was owned and operated by Kordell Jackson, 40, of West Henrietta. Each of the men face multiple felony charges. Each of the assault weapons violates provisions of the New York Penal Law.
“New York has enacted some of the toughest, most sensible gun safety laws in the country, and with today’s charges, we are sending a message that these laws will be vigorously enforced,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “The tragedies in Orlando, Newtown, Aurora, and too many other communities across the country are clear signs that we need to get our national gun violence epidemic under control. Weapons of war have no place on the streets of America and, in New York, we’re doing something about it.”
The investigation began in 2014, after the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives observed irregularities in Jackson Guns and Ammo’s records and notified the New York State Police of possible violations of New York law. Over the course of the next two years, officers of the New York State Police contacted the individuals who had purchased the assault rifles allegedly sold illegally by Jackson and his employees. To date, law enforcement has recovered the vast majority of the assault rifles that were sold illegally at the store.
On June 15, 2016, members of the New York State Police went to Perkins’ residence on an unrelated matter and allegedly observed three illegal high capacity ammunition feeding devices in plain view. The officers then obtained a search warrant for Perkins’ residence and allegedly discovered dozens more illegal high capacity ammunition feeding devices, four assault rifles, dozens of cartons of untaxed cigarettes, numerous strips of the narcotic Suboxone packaged for resale and approximately $25,000 in cash.
State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said: "Through hard work and collaboration with our partners at the Attorney General's Office, this two year-long investigation has resulted in charges against three men for selling dozens of illegal firearms."