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Published on Jan 29, 2013
The AR-15 is not an assault rifle. The "AR" in its name does not stand for "Assault Rifle" -- it is the designation from the first two letters of the manufacturer's name -- ArmaLite Corporation. The AR-15 is designed so that it cosmetically looks like the M4A1 carbine assault rifle, but it is impossible to configure the AR-15 to be a fully automatic assault rifle. It is a single shot semi-automatic rifle that can fire between 45 and 60 rounds per minute depending on the skill of the operator. The M4A1 can fire up to 950 rounds per minute. In 1986, the federal government banned the import or manufacture of new fully automatic firearms for sale to civilians. Therefore, the sale of assault rifles are already banned or heavily restricted!
Tim Rockefeller Speaking at Bipartisan Task Force On Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety in Hartford, Conn., Monday, January 28, 2013.CT