Illinois Is Top Maker of Assault Rifles That Skirt Federal Law


Illinois is the biggest manufacturer of military-style semiautomatic weapons modified to skirt the 10-year-old assault weapons ban, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Violence Policy Center said six Illinois gun makers — Armalite Inc., DS Arms Inc., Eagle Arms, Les Baer Custom Inc., Rock River Arms Inc. and Springfield Armory Inc. — have produced such “post-ban” assault rifles.

The companies have produced at least 109,000 rifles since 1995, the study found.

The 1994 assault weapons ban — which expires in September — outlawed 19 models of guns, Uzis, MAC-10s and AK-47s. The Illinois companies manufacture similar weapons with modifications that make them legal.


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