The allure of the AR-15: As judge overturns assault weapons ban, the style of rifle remains at heart of gun control battle

The allure of the AR-15: As judge overturns assault weapons ban, the style of rifle remains at heart of gun control battle

John Parkin, owner Coyote Point Armory, demonstrates the adjustable stock on an HK 416 and 22 long rifle, one of the featues of an AR-15 that required an owner to register it in California as an assault weapon, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in San Mateo, Calif. The HK 416 and 22 long rifle is not categorized as an assault weapon. A U.S. federal judge overturned the California’s decades-old ban on the sale of assault weapons. John Parkin bought an AR-15-style rifle for his wife in 2016. The couple live on a remote 150-acre ranch in Northern California, and Parkin, who owns gun shops in Burlingame and Lower Lake (Lake County), is often away on business. “She needs to have something that could equal what a bad guy could have,” he said. Steve Sposato has spent almost three decades fighting for that type of rifle and similar guns to be banned. In 1993, a man killed his wife, Jody, with a military-style firearm in a San Francisco office building, in one of the nation’s first modern mass shootings. The Lafayette resident cannot fathom why someone might need such a weapon for hunting, recreation or especially self-defense. “The design of the gun is to kill a lot of people in a short amount of time,” he said. “Who the hell are you expecting to knock at your front door?” These opposing views of firearms defined by California as assault weapons — banned for sale in the state for the past […]

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