Assault Weapon Ban Gone, Firms Expand Firearms


Gun companies are offering to beef up firearms by adding high-tech accessories and high-capacity ammunition clips that were outlawed in some combinations until Congress let the assault weapons ban expire, the Los Angeles Times reports. Manufacturers and dealers, including some at the National Rifle Association convention that starts today in Houston, have launched marketing campaigns tied to the end of the ban. Sog Armory – a Texas company that sells parts for AR-15 and M-16 rifles – for $24.95 is offering “post-ban” devices designed to reduce recoil when a semiautomatic rifle is fired.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said that none of the devices being offered affects “the performance capability of a firearm. They only affect the way the firearm looks.” Brian Siebel of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, D.C., said the end of the ban had produced “a love affair with lethality. With the expiration of the ban and the limit on high-capacity magazines, the lid is off.”


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