Owners of AR-style firearms defend their weapon of choice
ATLANTA (AP) - People in the United States who own AR-style firearms are again feeling the heat after another mass shooting that involved the weapon.
Some 8 million AR-style firearms have been sold in the U.S. since they were first introduced to the civilian market in the 1960s.
The shooter at the nightclub in Orlando, Florida - where 49 people were killed - was using an AR-style firearm. The worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history is renewing calls about reinstating a ban on the sale of those types of weapons.
But owners of the long guns say the AR-style firearm might look intimidating but it's no more menacing than any other firearm.
Instead, they believe lawmakers should focus their attention on criminals who use the weapons.