Student from Sarasota arrested for having illegal, modified rifle at UCF

Student from Sarasota arrested for having illegal, modified rifle at UCF
Max Chambers (Source: Orange County Sheriff's Office)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Detectives at the University of Central Florida say they have arrested an engineering student for keeping an illegally modified weapon in his car on campus.

Campus police said Wednesday that they arrested 19-year-old Max Chambers of Sarasota after finding an AR-15 assault weapon in his car. They also say he had a bump stock, which converts semi-automatic firearms to mimic fully automatic weapons.

The UCF Police Department says in statement on its Facebook page that Chambers, who lived on campus, posed no direct threat to the university community. But they added, "his disregard for firearms laws was concerning — and ultimately illegal — especially in this day and age." UCF Police say the firearm violated state law as well as university policy.

The Orlando Sentinel reports an anonymous tipster notified them that Chambers possessed drop-in auto sears, which can be used to convert a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic weapon.

The Miami Herald reports that in an arrest affidavit, Chambers “admitted to knowing the manufacturing and possession of the (Drop-In Auto Sear) was illegal, but he said he does not like laws.”

Florida's ban on bump-fire stocks prohibits the possession of any device that alters the firing rate of a gun to replicate automatic weapon fire.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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