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Jan 22, 2013 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Excerpted from The Daily Caller: Virginia Delegate Joseph Morrissey, who became infamous online last week when he brandished an AK-47 during his anti-gun speech before the state legislature, once told a judge he “lost or misplaced” two semiautomatic assault-style weapons, including two that he borrowed from a state police forensic lab.

“I don’t think you should be able to possess an assault rifle,” Morrissey told ABC News on Friday.

But the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported in April 1994 that the arrest of a heroin dealer led police to discover an Uzi submachine gun that was supposed to be under Morrissey’s control.

Virginia Delegate Joseph Morrissey, who became infamous online last week when he brandished an AK-47 during his anti-gun speech before the state legislature, once told a judge he “lost or misplaced” two semiautomatic assault-style weapons, including two that he borrowed from a state police forensic lab.

“I don’t think you should be able to possess an assault rifle,” Morrissey told ABC News on Friday.

But the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported in April 1994 that the arrest of a heroin dealer led police to discover an Uzi submachine gun that was supposed to be under Morrissey’s control.

That gun, along with two other semiautomatic weapons — a TEC-9 capable of firing 72 rounds without reloading, and another unspecified rifle — were among four weapons Morrissey used as props when he discussed drugs and violence at schools, and during civic meetings.

The suspected drug dealer “was arrested in Richmond … and the gentleman had a storage locker rented to himself in Chesterfield County,” State Police Special Agent Anita Derby told the Times-Dispatch then. “A search warrant was conducted on the storage locker and that’s where the gun was found.”

The Uzi and the TEC-9 disappeared after police loaned them to Morrissey in May 1991. He said in 1994 that the firearms had been missing since at least December 1992,when Virginia Department of Forensic Science director Paul Ferrara asked for their safe return.

Although Morrissey said he believed the Uzi and the TEC-9 were stolen from his office, sources inside the former prosecutor’s office told the Times-Dispatch in August 1993 that he never reported them missing.

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