Semi-automatic technology is over 100 years old! Semi-automatic(aka Self loading)tech is not machine gun full-automatic tech, some firearms merely look similar. Civilian ownership of such firearms are a right, not a privilege.
Current "laws" suppressing ownership are blatant infringements. Having a semi automatic heart means you represent the unique freedom & liberty of America, and are standing watch over those sacred rights. I have this heart: How about you?
A pal owned one of these, back when you could buy these types of firearms in California before the faked hysteria that later resulted in the semi-auto ban(s). I always enjoyed shooting it and regret not getting one when I could, but I was a broke-assed freshly de-mobbed G.I. at the time - (S9) ----
Production was started in 1967 on the rifle based on some limited orders at the Howa factory in Japan (ArmaLite at the time was more of a design and prototype company, not a manufacturing facility), and even this was problematic. The Japanese government forbade the shipment of weapons to nations actively involved in the war in Southeast Asia. As a result, production was moved to Costa Mesa, Calif.
The AR-18 had a civilian counterpart called the AR-180. This was designed to be a sporting rifle or a police long arm, and was semi-automatic only. It sold marginally well. It seemed that the only enthusiastic users of the AR-18 were those in the Irish Republican Army, which used illegally purchased and stolen ArmaLite rifles in Northern Ireland against the British, and even nicknamed the rifle “The Widowmaker.” (Note: The rifle was equally popular with the Police, the RUC, Royal Ulster Constabulary, working one of the most dangerous beats on earth at that time - S9)... In 1980, after roughly 16 years of production in Japan, the U.S. and, later, in Dagenham, England, production ceased....
The usual hysterics ensue due to local police choosing to issue rifles rather than let officers carry personally owned patrol rifles, a simple accounting measure is now a sinister "plot" as seen by the left biased media propaganda machine. Get your barf bags ready at this blatant mind-control piece...(S9)
"The rifles were ordered as replacements for officers' authorized
personally-owned rifles. They are being issued only to officers who are
qualified to carry rifles and do not represent an increase in the
number of rifles carried by APD officers... officers who are authorized to use certain equipment are using the
standardized equipment issued by the Department. The replacement
rifles are the standard type of rifle used commonly by police
departments throughout the United States and may be purchased by any
person at a commercial retailer...Note: A previous version of this story
identified an AR-15 as a military-grade weapon when in fact it is not.
The AR-15 is the civilian version of the military-grade M16"...
Full blatantly anti- Police/Firearm "report" is HERE