I never knew a gun safe was part of an arsenal, but then, I never knew a shotgun that could fit in a glovebox could use 70-round magazines.
Sedensky says Lanza killed all 26 victims inside Sandy Hook Elementary School with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle before taking his own life with a Glock 10 mm handgun. He says Lanza had another loaded handgun with him inside the school as well as three, 30-round magazines for the Bushmaster.
A loaded 12-gauge shotgun was found in the glove compartment of the Honda Civic Lanza drove to the school with two magazines containing 70 rounds of Winchester 12-gauge shotgun rounds.
The shotgun recovered from Lanza’s car was not half the size of a Serbu Super-Shorty, nor was it an AOW of any sort, legal or illegal in nature. The regular-sized shotgun was recovered from the trunk of the vehicle.
Nor has there ever been 70-round 12-gauge shotgun magazines commercially sold by anyone, anywhere. In a typical “stick” they’d be roughly 6-feet tall, dwarfing the firearm itself and unusable without a ladder.
I’d contacted a senior official at the Associated Press months ago, advising that it would help their credibility tremendously if they hired a dedicated firearms editor to review all stories describing firearms before they put out absurd statements like this on the wire. Reuters, UPI, and other outlets would likewise benefit from such a service. It seems they would rather continue damaging their credibility with every absurd claim than spend $120K year in salary and benefits to get basic details correct.
Update: Added the photo for folks who may not easily visualize the absurdity of the AP statement.