Police were alerted after Zhao purchased a 30 round magazine on January 22 and an AR-15 rifle on January 25.
Virginia law does not allow people with Student Visas
to own semi-automatic center-fire rifles equipped with a magazine which will hold more than 20 rounds.https://www.gunlaws101.com/state/law/virginia/magazine-capacity-restriction
"...(In Virginia)There are no magazine restrictions. If a magazine can hold more than 20 rounds the state of Virginia considers it an "assault weapon" and the person must comply with Virginia's "assault weapons" laws.I was not aware that, a 20+ magazine turns an AR into an "Assault Rifle".
I thought this was a city law in only a couple southern DC cities (NOVA).
So I looked up the law and "Assault weapons" are defined as a semi-automatic, center-fire, firearm equipped with a folding stock, or equipped at the time with a magazine capable of holding more than 20 rounds, or capable of accommodating a silencer/suppressor.
News reports also say Zhao is not a lawfully admitted U.S. citizen
and also tried to purchase 5000 rounds of ammo and possibly a bulletproof vest.
He sounds like another Cho in the making. At least they stopped this guy.
Soooo, is someone else going to be in trouble as well...possibly a dealer or maybe private citizen for selling this nut a gun?