Joe Biden called one of America’s most popular handgun a “weapon of war” Thursday while speaking about gun control in New York City.
“You know, futures cut short by a man with a stolen Glock with 40 rounds,” Biden said in reference to the two New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers who were recently gunned down in Harlem. “A magazine with 40 rounds. It’s really a weapon of war.”
Lashawn McNeil, the alleged gunman, had fought with his mother, prompting police to respond to a domestic dispute. Officers attempted to speak to McNeil, who emerged from a room with a Glock 45 equipped with a high capacity magazine that held 40 rounds, according to the Daily News. McNeil has prior criminal charges, including a gun charge in North Carolina, assaulting a Pennsylvania police officer and a felony narcotics charge in New York City, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig reportedly said. McNeil was also on probation, according to the report.
The New York Post reported authorities seized an illegal Glock 45 at the scene and former NYPD officer and private eye Bo Dietl told the New York Post the magazine was like “something our troops saw in Afghanistan.”