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Police: East Meadow Man Had Grenade Launchers, 14 Guns in Home

The arsenal of weapons was found in a Bernice Drive home on Friday.

An East Meadow man, who was arrested for a domestic incident Friday, was subsequently found to be in possession of an arsenal of weapons.

New York State Police said they found 14 guns, two grenade launchers and large amounts of ammunition in the Bernice Drive home of Michael Anderson.

According to police, while conducting a traffic stop on the Wantagh State Parkway, a state trooper was approached by a hysterical female who stated her boyfriend was chasing her from a domestic incident which occurred at their residence. The trooper requested assistance from other uniform patrols while he secured the woman at the scene.

Two more troopers responded to scene and observed the woman's boyfriend, Anderson walking along the shoulder of the parkway in the direction of the first trooper in an agitated state, police said.

The two responding troopers stopped Anderson and placed him under arrest for assault in the third degree, police said. During the arrest, state troopers subsequently found a small amount of marijuana on Anderson and additionally charged him with unlawful possession of marijuana.

The woman was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries sustained during the domestic incident and released, police said.

According to police, during a domestic incident report interview, one of the troopers discovered that Anderson was possibly in possession of several firearms which were located at his residence. The Troop L Gun Investigation Unit and a uniform detail responded to Anderson's residence on Bernice Drive and conducted a search.

Seized during the search were 14 weapons, including four handguns, two assault/military weapons, one shotgun and seven rifles. Also seized were two grenade launchers, several thousand rounds of military ammunition and numerous loaded high capacity magazines.

According to Newsday, Anderson did not have a permit for any of the at least 12 weapons found, which were located in a hidden room behind the clothes in the his bedroom closet

Anderson was additionally charged with five counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Friday's arrest comes just days after a Woodmere man was found in possession of 15 destructive devices, particularly pipe bombs, 15 improvised grenades and 50 pounds of ingredients that could be used to make explosives, as well as about 100 handguns and 20 long guns.

tj March 10, 2012 at 01:39 AM
There is absolutely no need for the public to have access to automatic guns
Frank March 10, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Not one of those firearms appears to be illegal at all. Genuine select-fire (aka "fully automatic") firearms cost tens of thousands of dollars in the US. The firearms in the photo appear to be semi-automatic rifles that comply with NY's ridiculous (and likely, unconstitutional) firearms laws (i.e., the limit on the number of various "evil features," - flash suppressors, bayonet lugs, pistol grips, etc.). Further, I am willing to be that what the state police described as "Grenade Launchers" are not grenade launchers at all, but instead 37mm flare launchers - which are also perfectly legal to own and possess. They are no more "grenade launchers" than placing stickers on my Dodge Charger a NASCAR-qualified race car. Try to fire a 40mm grenade from a 37mm flare launcher, and watch the hilarity that will ensue. What is most concerning about this report is the behavior of the New York State Police, and the lack of the simplest inquiry by the media-types at this dog and pony show. For example, the NYSP are quoted as saying that the suspect did not have a permit for at least 12 of the 14 weapons. Well, that might be because 10 of the firearms are longarms and do not require permits to own in New York. Also, as for the pistols, see the recent Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases, permit regimes such as New York's are unconstitutional, and one has a fundamental individual right to possess firearms in the home. NY will lose when its laws go before SCOTUS.
Big Flip March 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM
None of the firearms there are automatic (NY does not allow class III guns). Every rifle there is a semi and legally available in Long Island gun shops. None of those rifles are illegal in NY and require no permit.
Concerned taxpayer March 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM
The mere desire to "possess" the weapons pictured should be legal grounds for a long term mental health review unless you are in the US Marines stationed in Iraq.
Frank March 11, 2012 at 12:37 AM
King George III would have agreed. The American Revolution began with an oppressive government sending armed men to confiscate firearms from American colonists in April 1775. The Founders enacted the Second Amendment to ensure every law abiding citizen had the means to throw off the yolk of an oppressive government. It was a radical concept, and statists have for the past couple of centuries try to explain it away and obscure it intended purpose, because there is nothing that tyrants fear more than righteous men and women willing to take arms to put an end to oppression. Hence the flurry of gun control laws after the American Civil War that were enacted and implemented in order to prevent former slaves from defending hearth and home from the likes of the Democrat Party's terrorist wing, the Ku Klux Klan. In New York, the Sullivan Act was enacted to ensure Tammany Hall gangster, coincidentally another Democrat, Big Tim Sullivan would be able to disarm, shake down and intimidate those in NYC who chose not to bow down to Tammany Hall's corruption. It seems to me, those that choose disarm law abiding citizens are the one's who have the psychological problems, be they hoplophobic, or wannabe tyrants and bullys who take perverse pleasure in putting their boots on the necks of others.
Michael Ganci (Editor) March 11, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Patch has learned that Michael Anderson lived in Hewlett for 26 years before recently moving to East Meadow. For the full story, check out this link. http://eastmeadow.patch.com/articles/man-with-weapons-cache-recently-moved-to-east-meadow
Brent M. March 12, 2012 at 01:40 AM
ATTEMPTED HOME INVASION calls have doubled recently.. Nassau county police say... Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious people!!!! Usually burglars case the area before they strike!! remember you have a right to defend your house !!!!!!
JoJo the PIMP March 16, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Not in New York.
JoJo the PIMP March 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Wake up people. This is New York. Not PA, Not NH We do not have the right to use deadly force in New York. It is politicly incorrect.
tj June 07, 2012 at 09:34 AM
More like the right to be sued and jailed....In this day and age,,someone can break into your house and if u shoot,,,,u will be involved in a long drawn out police investigation and if the media gets wind,,,,well its 50-50..they can make u out a hero or some gun wielding fanatic looking for trouble...

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