AR-15 Manufacturer Will Stop Making Rifle for Civilian Market

September 20, 2019

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The gun manufacturer Colt announced Thursday that it will stop making AR-15 rifles for the civilian market. “Over the last few years, the market for modern sporting rifles has experienced significant excess manufacturing capacity,” Colt CEO Dennis Veilleux said in a statement. “Given this level of manufacturing capacity, we believe there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future.” Colt will continue to manufacture the rifle for government weapons contracts. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that the announcement is unlikely to make it more difficult for gun buyers to purchase powerful semiautomatic weapons. Says Timothy D. Lytton, a gun-industry expert from Georgia State University, "If there’s market demand, I’m sure there are other companies with the capacity to fill it.”