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The history of the AR-15, the weapon that had a hand in the United States’ worst mass shooting

June 13, 2016 10:03 AM
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The type of rifle used to kill 50 people and injure 53 at an Orlando nightclub Sunday — in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history — is as American as baseball cards and apple pie.

Manufactured by dozens of companies nationwide, the ubiquitous synthetic and aluminum rifle, known as the AR-15, is a civilian variant of the military’s M-16 series of rifle and carbines. It’s favored because of its relative light weight and anchor points for numerous modifications, and serves as a ...

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