Manufacturer one gun one gun manufacturer announced new plans for its a-r-15's.
Tonight why some in the wabash valley are saying it's not a good look for the company's image.
"their name is synonymous with the wild west and taming a nation.
It doesn't seem like they're interested in continuing that.
Good evening and thanks for joining us.
A local gun store says "colt a-r 15's" are flying off its shelves.
We explained yesterday, gun manufacturer, "colt" announced it won't make consumer versions of the gun.
It comes at a time many companies are re-considering gun policies due to safety concerns.
But, "colt" says there's a different reason for the change.
News 10 visited a local gun store to see what the impact is... sam morgan says he's a fan of the second amendment.
Nee} "i enjoy shooting for sport, and fun, and entertainment.
There's clearly self-defense as a requirement.
He says he thinks the news from colt is surprising... free to do whateve} "they're a company that's free to do whatever they want.
I think they're going to lose a lot of income from hobbyists who like the a-r 15."
The announcement comes at a time of fierce gun regulation debate.
But "colt" says it has supporte the second amendment for over 180 years... and will continue to do so.
The company says this decision has to deal with the market.
Local gun store c-e-o, steve ellis, says he knows first-hand how big that market is.
Colt couldn'} all these companies are making some of best ars in the world... in many cases they're doing it at a stronger price point than what colt was able to perform.
Ellis says he doesn't expect much impact on gun dealers' bottom line.
Impac} colt's not been one of our top sellers for years.
So, it will not impact overall sales..
Other than we're getting this quick rush of people wanting to buy what's on the shelves.
For now... those shelves will still have plenty of other options.
Meric} i don't think we'll see too many other companies dropping the ar line, it's still america's rifle.
Sam morgan feels the a-r 15 will continue to be a go-to weapon for gun enthusiasts.
Fill the ga} that's there option, i suppose.
In a capitalist society, there's always gonna be somebody else to fill the gap.
To fill the gap.
Colt says it still has military and law enforcement contracts.
The company says these contracts are taking up the manufacturing capacity