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Commerce in Firearms Act," Halbrook
said. "Bushmaster manufactured and
distributed its rifles in compliance
with all provisions of law. Also, the
Bushmaster rifle meets the Heller test
in that it is commonly possessed by
law-abiding persons for lawful uses.
It is a civilian rifle of a type, like the
Colt ar-15, that would be found in
American households, as discussed by
the Supreme Court in Staples."
As for being a military weapon,
Halbrook says: "As anyone should
know, the ar-15 would not qualify
for military use. Military service rifles
worldwide are selective fire and can
shoot automatically."
Not that being related to firearms
used by the military in any way makes

Henry and Spencer rifles, bolt-action
Krags and Springfields, semi-automatic
Colt pistols and various revolvers,
and pump-action Remington and
Mossberg shotguns.
To establish its case, it seems Koskoff,
Koskoff & Bieder is betting on public
ignorance. They know that the media
often interchange the terms "assault
weapon" and "assault rifle" and that
many people don't know the difference.
According to Bruce H. Kobayashi and
Joseph E. Olson, in the Stanford Law
and Policy Review, "Prior to 1989, the
term 'assault weapon' did not exist in
the lexicon of firearms."
"Assault weapon," as applied to
common semi-automatic firearms, is
a political term developed by anti-gun

POLITICS HAS MOVED
BUSHMASTER

Last year Remington Outdoor Co. (ROC) announced it was moving its
Bushmaster rifle and Remington Model 1911 pistol production lines
from its nearly 200-year-old plant in Ilion, N.Y., to its new facility in
much more gun rights-friendly Huntsville, Ala. Interestingly, those jobs
were moved from Maine to New York after ROC bought Bushmaster and
after Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., lobbied to have the jobs moved to
New York state.
In March 2011, Sen. Schumer put a press release on his website
boasting: "Schumer applauded Remington's decision to add new jobs
to the productive and capable workforce already making the factory an
economic powerhouse in the Mohawk Valley."
But then, on CBS' show "Face the Nation" on Dec. 16, 2012, Schumer
said we need to "reinstate the assault weapons ban." He said this
knowing he would never be challenged for hypocrisy by Bob Schieffer or
any other mainstream news journalist.
ROC, meanwhile, opposed the political opportunism of Schumer and
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who used the Newtown tragedy to pass the
SAFE Act-a bill that includes an expansive "assault weapons" ban.
Remington Outdoor Co. responded by moving Bushmaster to Alabama.
the ar-15 unsuitable for civilian use.
Actually, the ar-15 is merely the latest
example of private citizens using and
helping to develop a firearm type that
is related to those used by the u.s.
military. Throughout American history,
many types of handguns and shoulder
arms used by the u.s. military have
also been lawfully owned and used
by civilians. This goes for lever-action

advocates to convince people that some
guns are too, well, ... scary-looking,
effective, ergonomic or something, for
law-abiding u.s. citizens to own. The
technical term "assault rifle" includes
full-auto military firearms such as the
m4a1 carbine. The ar-15 is not an
assault rifle-it's not fully automatic.
Nor does "ar" stand for "assault
rifle." It stands for Armalite Rifle, as

Armalite was the original manufacturer
of the ar platform. Assault rifles, being
full-auto machine guns, are already
heavily restricted.
Moreover, as the November 1964
issue of American Rifleman indicates,
Colt was selling a semi-automatic
variant of the ar-15 to u.s. consumers
over 40 years ago. It's hardly a new
design or one without a well-established
track record of lawful ownership and
use amongst ordinary Americans.
As for being "liabilities in home
defense," as the lawsuit claims, the
ar-15 is in fact well suited for home
defense. It has a relatively short barrel
and is designed to accommodate
a broad range of users of different
sizes, proportions and capabilities.
Also, it's typically chambered in .223,
a cartridge that is much lighter than
those often used by big-game hunters.
As a result, its bullets are less likely to
pass through walls and to injure others.
In fact, the ar-15 is so user-friendly
a group called "Disabled Americans
for Firearms Rights," which has about
20,000 members, says the ar-15 makes
it possible for people who can't handle
a bolt-action or other rifle type to safely
shoot and protect themselves.
As for its popularity, figures from
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives (batfe) show
that between 1986 and 2012, u.s.
manufacturers produced 4.1 million
ar-15-type rifles for sale to u.s. citizens.
Retail studies also show that ars and
similar semi-automatic rifles make up
20 percent of gun sales nationally. By
comparison, sales of bolt-action and
lever-action rifles made up 14 percent
of overall sales.
So the ar-15 has been available
to civilians for over 40 years, and
millions upon millions of ar-type
rifles are owned overwhelmingly by
responsible, law-abiding Americans.
Yet these lawyers claim the ar-15 poses
"unreasonable risks" to the public?
The Real Purpose Of
This Lawsuit
The facts are stacked up against Koskoff,
Koskoff & Bieder. They must know
this. This makes it seem unlikely they'd
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