It paid dividends last night when officers from an anti-crime unit stopped a red Chevy Impala for illegal window tint. When the driver could not produce the car's registration and/or insurance, he was asked to step out of the vehicle for more questioning. As he did so, an officer looking into the car saw a knife, opening up the car to a more detailed search. The result of that search?
Now the gun is probably one of the Pioneer Arms semi-autos and not a "machine gun" at all, but still... I'm typically happier when the bad guys are stopped from toting around weapons like this. And McManus was, accoring to this article, a pretty bad guy.
McManus has had a welter of previous arrests, including at least four for robbery, two previous arrests for weapon possession and a previous arrest for assault in NYC, police said.
Good job, NYPD. Cop-haters, feel free to commence crying about improper searches, the erosion of the 4th Amendment and the rise of the police state as soon as you finish reading this. I'll try to respond after I get done sending a congratulatory e-mail to the officers involved.