What exactly is an AR-15, and why are they so popular?

Feb 20, 2018
Originally published on February 19, 2018 5:05 pm

Another mass shooting has happened, and with it, another spate of outrage on social media by all sides in the American gun debate.

Gun rights supporters often dismiss people who want more restrictions because they don’t seem to know what they’re talking about.

The news media also don’t always understand the difference between semi-automatic and automatic, or use terms such as “assault rifle,” which often is used in a misleading way.

Don Haigh, a retired police officer and owner of Firing Line, a gun range and shop in Westland, joined Stateside to talk about firearms. In his conversation with Lester Graham, he discussed the history of the AR-15, which was used in the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as well as why customers prefer to purchase the AR-15, and other firearm terminology.

Listen above.

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