Design of AR-15 Could Derail Charges Tied to Popular Rifle

Federal law enforcement officials are increasingly worried that the discrepancy could hinder some criminal prosecutions and undermine firearms regulations nationwide.

  • Published 13 January 2020

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DALLAS (AP) — A subtle design feature of the AR-15 rifle has raised a technical legal question that is derailing cases against people who are charged with illegally buying and selling the gun’s parts or building the weapon. At issue is whether a key piece of one of America’s most popular firearms meets the definition of a gun that prosecutors have long relied on. For decades, the federal government has treated a mechanism called the… Read at AP News