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As per a reporter AR stands for assault rifle and had never heard of Armalite Rifle as what AR for.
The AR-15 was first built by ArmaLite as a small arms rifle for the United States armed forces. Because of financial problems, ArmaLite sold the AR-15 design to Colt. After modifications (most notably the relocation of the charging handle from under the carrying handle like the AR-10 to the rear of the receiver), the new redesigned rifle was subsequently adopted as the M16 rifle. Colt then started selling the semi-automatic version of the M16 rifle as the Colt AR-15 for civilian sales in 1963 and the term has been used to refer to semiautomatic-only versions of the rifle since then. Although the name "AR-15" remains a Colt registered trademark, variants of the firearm are independently made, modified and sold under various names by multiple manufacturers.
. The "AR" in all AR pattern rifles stands for Armalite Rifle,
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Indiana. It's like that all across the country unless you go to a gun show. You can't buy an AR-15 at a store you have to go to a gunshop and order one. Even if they have them in stock you still have to go through a background check. They don't just let anybody walk out of a gunshop with an AR-15, that would be crazy. My friend bought one this year trust me I know. He had to wait 5 days for the FBI screening to come back before he could pick up the rifle.
The guns sold at wal-mart have no requirements. You only have to be a certain age and show proof. Then the manager will carry your gun out to your car for you. Then you go do whatever you want. It's the law man. Go look it up. California and New York would be different since they are basically police states.edit on 4-11-2013 by Evanzsayz because: (no reason given)