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Meyer In Court; How Common Are Modified Weapons?

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Mon, July 8 2013 at 6:33 PM, Updated: Mon, July 8 2013 at 6:47 PM

Jon Andrew Meyer Junior has had the entire valley talking.

While it's still unclear why or how he got his hands on a weapon... the fact that it was modified made us wonder how easy is it for people to do.

Jon Andrew Meyer Jr appeared via video conference Monday from the Josephine County Jail for his pretrial hearing.

Meyer is accused of shooting an illegal automatic weapon through the ceiling of an apartment building on the night of June 27.

The bullets killed 5 year old Alysa Bobbit and seriously injured 44 year old Karen Hancock.

We asked officials with the Grants Pass Oolice how common do they come in contact with a modified weapon.

They said it's very rare and this is the only case this year.

We tried speaking with a number of gun experts today on how easy it is to modify a gun, no one would talk. So we turned to Google, and in turn.,come across thousands of responses. And some of the top hits are Youtube videos.

While police say its rare for them to come across these modified weapons, it certainly happens and the penalties are steep. They are even considered a federal offense.

Meanwhile, Meyer will appear again in court on July 29, his bail remains at $250,000.?

What do you think? Sound off on our Facebook page and on Twitter, or leave a comment below.

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Kyle Aevermann

Kyle Aevermann reports weekdays and anchors NBC 5 News Weekends. He joined NBC 5 News in March 2012 as a morning producer and reporter. Prior to joining KOBI, Kyle interned at KISL-FM on Catalina Island, CA. He was also a regular contributor to CNN's citizen journalism program.

Originally from the Chicago-land area, Kyle moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 to work in the social media industry. Kyle enjoys hiking, traveling, learning about cultures, and has a serious love for food.

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