If you aren’t familiar with it, meet the AR-15. posted on
This is an AR-15-style semi-automatic assault weapon. Currently there are no federal restrictions on owning one.
Since 2012, the AR-15-style assault rifle has been involved in seven different large-scale shootings.
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July 20, 2012: Twelve people were killed and 70 others were injured when James Holmes opened fire in a movie theater.
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Dec. 11, 2012: Two people were killed and a third was seriously wounded in Clackamas County, Ore., when Jacob Roberts opened fire in a local shopping mall.
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Dec. 14, 2012: Adam Lanza killed 26 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School using a AR-15-style Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle.
Feb. 19, 2013: Six people were shot and four were killed by Ali Syed in the cities of Tustin, Ladera Ranch, and Orange, Calif.
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May 22, 2013: Jonathan Shank opened fire at a police officer in Longmont, Colo. The police officer was uninjured; Shank ended up in critical condition.
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June 13, 2013: John Zawahri went on a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, killing five people and injuring four others.