Colt suspends production of AR-15 for civilian market

Connecticut

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gunmaker Colt says it is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15.

Colt’s chief executive officer, Dennis Veilleux, says it is not permanently ending production but believes there is already an adequate supply of sporting rifles on the market. He said in a statement Thursday the company will concentrate on fulfilling military and law enforcement contracts with its rifle manufacturing.

The West Hartford, Connecticut-based company has received some criticism from gun rights advocates for moving away from the civilian market.

Veilleux said in the statement the company remains committed to the Second Amendment and is adapting to consumer demand.

A national gun control debate has focused on access to AR-15s and other assault-style rifles because of their use in mass shootings.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement on the announcement:

“I appreciate Colt Manufacturing for recognizing the need to suspend production of AR-15s for civilians. This weapon of war has no place on our streets, and I respect the courage it takes to go against your company’s profit-motive. This White House could learn something from this moment. President Trump and Congressional Republicans need to stop stalling on gun violence prevention bills that the public is demanding. It is long past time to take action.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Hartford

CCSU to vaccinate 800 students against COVID-19 Sunday at on-campus clinic

News /

State Bond Commission approves $340 million in projects; Is the debt diet over?

News /

Mobile clinics in Hartford continue to offer no appointment COVID vaccines to city residents

News /

FEMA COVID vaccine clinic in Hartford at Wish Museum School

News /

State launching LEAP: Aims to get kids back to school, keep them engaged

News /

State attendance program aims to get students back to school, engaged; educators weigh changing 'typical day of school'

News /
More Hartford

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss