As if you needed more reason to fear discount bus travel, Brooklyn district attorney Kenneth Thompson says he's busted a gunrunning ring that smuggled weapons into New York using Chinatown buses.

In a release sent out yesterday, DA Thompson announced the indictment of eight individuals in connection with the ring. One, 31-year-old Canarsie resident Michael Bassier, is accused of selling over $130,050 worth of guns to an undercover cop in Brooklyn in a one-year period. Prosecutors say he would purchase guns in places with lax gun laws like Atlanta, then used Chinatown bus services like Bus2NYC to transport the guns up North; he also brought guns into the city from Pittsburgh via car.

"He decided to take those buses. They’re cheap but there are times he couldn’t get on a Chinatown bus and he grabbed any bus he could because he had guns in his bag," Thompson told the Post after noting that the buses were not legally implicated, though he jokingly added, "I get out of the way when I see them on the street, personally."

Once Bassier got to the city, he was pretty much a walking arsenal, according to the DA's office. The Times reports that a recorded phone conversation caught him admitting, "I need a cab. Listen, I’m walking through Manhattan, right? I’ve got two Mac 10s on me, an SK assault rifle and four handguns and I’m walking through New York."

Scarier still is the ease with which Bassier was able to purchase guns out-of-state, obtaining hundreds of weapons, including 9mm Ruger and Glock pistols, 40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistols, .45 caliber Taurus pistols, and a variety of assault weapons. "I’m selling them the right way and the wrong way. When I’m out of state, like in Atlanta and Georgia and all that, it’s all legal, but New York, it’s completely illegal. So when I bring (expletive) up here and sell it up here, that’s illegal," Bassier said in a phone conversation, according to prosecutors.

He faces a number of felony charges, including criminal sale of a firearm, conspiracy, and criminal possession of a weapon. Seven other alleged cohorts have been charged, including 26-year-old Willie Ware of Canarsie; 26-year-old Jonathan Destin of Prospect Lefferts Gardens; and 25-year-old Anthony Jackson of Crown Heights.