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Colt Suspends Manufacture Of Controversial AR-15 For Civilian Market


Added 09-20-19 06:06:02am EST - “The gun maker says it will concentrate instead on fulfilling contracts from the military and law enforcement for the semi-automatic weapon that has come for many to be associated with mass shootings,” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Colt Suspends Manufacture Of Controversial AR-15 For Civilian Market”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Three variations of the AR-15 rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif., in a 2012 photo. On Sept. 19, 2019, Connecticut-based Colt's Manufacturing Co. said it was suspending production of its version of the AR-15 for the civilian market. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

Three variations of the AR-15 rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif., in a 2012 photo. On Sept. 19, 2019, Connecticut-based Colt's Manufacturing Co. said it was suspending production of its version of the AR-15 for the civilian market.

Firearms manufacturer Colt says it is suspending production of its popular AR-15 semi-automatic assault-style rifle for the civilian market, saying it will concentrate instead on fulfilling contracts from the military and law enforcement.

"The fact of the matter is that over the last few years, the market for modern sporting rifles has experienced significant excess manufacturing capacity," Colt Defense LLC president and CEO Dennis Veilleux said in a statement on Thursday. "Given this level of manufacturing capacity, we believe there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future."

The AR-15, a semi-automatic version of the U.S. military's M16 — which was standard issue for American ground forces for decades — has come under particular fire in recent years from gun-control advocates. They point out that the weapon, along with similar rifles made by Colt's competitors, has been used frequently in mass shootings.

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