(Breitbart) – Colt Firearms has reportedly decided to cease AR-15 production for the civilian market.
This will mark the end to some of the most iconic AR-15s ever, as Colts were a go-to AR for consumers as America’s love for the modern sporting rifle emerged in the late 20th century.
Guns.com reports Colt senior VP Paul Spitale indicated the company is shifting away from ARs and toward the class 1911, Colt revolvers, and other guns Americans want for concealed carry. Spitale said:
We’re going to focus on the products that our consumers are asking for. We’ve expanded our 1911s and our revolver line, and that market has been very positive for us.
Shooting Illustrated quoted Spitale saying Colt’s decision to refocus production was based on “customer feedback.”
Spitale made clear Colt’s position on making rifles for civilians could be reversed in the future, if the market changes to support a higher production of modern sporting rifles again. But for now, the 1911, the King Cobra family of revolvers, and similar firearms will be Colt’s focus.
Flashback: Beto O’Rourke: We’ll Use Fines To ‘Compel’ Compliance With AR-15 Ban
Robert “Beto” O’Rourke explained he plans to use fines to “compel” American gun owners to comply with his AR-15 ban, during a weekend exchange with reporters.
O’Rourke made his claim in a video posted by Fox4 DFW’s Teresa Riley.
He was asked how he plans to make Americans comply with his AR-15 ban and he said, “I begin by saying we expect our fellow Americans to follow the law. If they do not there would be a fine imposed to compel them to follow the law.”
Question: what happens if people don’t sell their guns back to the govt….answer: pic.twitter.com/wGuXJlBZQG
— Teresa Riley (@TeresaRFox4) September 15, 2019
O’Rourke went to talk about the example of Australia, citing how that country put in place a similar ban. He claimed Australia witnessed, “a near 50 percent reduction in gun violence deaths” as a result. But O’Rourke did not mention that rifles are not a statistically significant contributor to overall gun deaths in the U.S.
In fact, FBI crime stats for 2017 show there were 403 rifle-related deaths for the year, and those deaths were from all kinds of rifles combined–breech action, pump action, bolt action, lever action, semiautomatic, etc. Crossing the street resulted in over 5,800 deaths in 2017.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports there are 16 million-plus privately owned AR-15s in the U.S.
Flashback: Boom: Arizona Gun Store Sells Out Of AR-15’s After Offering ‘Beto Special’
An Arizona gun store has sold out of AR-15 style rifles after offering a special sale to the public in response to Beto O’Rourke’s Orwellian gun confiscation “buyback” proposal.
From the looks of it, many patriotic Americans felt inclined to purchase new semiautomatic rifles during Alpha Dog Firearms’ sale. The store sold out of its inventory within 24 hours of announcing the sale, which listed AR-15’s at prices far below normal market price. Some AR platforms were sold for $350.00. The special began Friday.
Alpha Dog is continuing to list special sales on their website under the ‘Beto Specials’ tab, and will restock with a new batch of rifles shortly. AK-47 rifles are also being sold at discount prices.
The gun-grabbing Texas Democrat will now have to confiscate every rifle sold in his name in order to enact his authoritarian program of mandatory rifle ‘buybacks.’ O’Rourke has no one to himself to blame, and stands poised to make himself the best de facto gun salesman for the firearm industry since Barack Obama himself.
Although he’s stirred up a strong reaction from gun owners and patriots in response to his nakedly Orwellian ‘buyback’ proposal, O’Rourke’s planned gun confiscation is little more than a last-ditch attempt to attract attention to a floundering campaign.
The handsomely-funded neoliberal corporate Democrat has struggled in the polls for months, set back by accusations of lacking concrete policy proposals in a race where some Democrats have made extensive plans to combat the economic effects of automation and set forth detailed healthcare policy proposals.
Beto will probably drop out within the next few weeks or months(unless he’s inclined to wage a John Kasich-style delusional, endless campaign). However, many American gun owners will have an affordable AR-15 rifle to remember his campaign with.