Colt will suspend production of AR-15 rifles for civilian sales, saying there’s an “adequate supply” of the high-powered weapons already in the market.
The gun-maker, based in West Hartford, Connecticut, said its decision is purely market-driven and made no mention of any public pressure over the AR-15’s use in several mass shootings in the United States.
The company will continue to make and sell AR-15s for “our warfighters and law enforcement personnel” who “continue to demand Colt rifles and are fortunate enough to have been awarded significant military and law enforcement contracts.”
Colt’s website still listed several AR-15 rifles on its sale page but they were all listed as “out of stock.”
The company insists it’s a supporter of the Second Amendment despite this move.