Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Modern Sporting Rifle Owners Are Most Active Shooters, Says NSSF
The first comprehensive survey to look at ownership and use of modern sporting rifles reveals that 8.9 million Americans went target shooting with AR-style rifles in 2009 and that participants using this type of rifle were the most active among all types of sport shooters...Ownership of modern sporting rifles has been a contentious issue in the United States. In 2004 Congress did not renew a federal law that prohibited the sale of semi-automatic rifles with certain cosmetic features such as the pistol grip and adjustable stock found on many models of modern sporting rifle. Various studies found insufficient evidence that the law had any effect on reducing violent crime. Modern sporting rifles, built on the AR-15 platform, are often confused with military rifles such as the M-16 and M-4. While modern sporting rifles and military rifles look similar to each other, the modern sporting rifle functions as a semi-automatic, firing one round with each pull of the trigger. Anti-gun organizations that support banning these civilian sporting rifles deliberately mislabel them as "assault rifles" even though an actual assault rifle is fully automatic -- a light machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934. The AR designation does not stand for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle," but rather for ArmaLite, the company that developed the rifle in the 1950s...
See full report@: http://www.nssf.org/NewsRoom/releases/show.cfm?PR=041910.cfm&path=2010
This report drives a stake in the heart of the constant lies pushed by the haters about semi-autos and their aficionados, and is long overdue...(S9)