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AR-15

Montana Governor Steve Bullock speaks at the state Capitol in Helena, August 21, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Governor Steve Bullock is standing by his comments over the weekend that he'd support a ban on some semiautomatic weapons such as the AR-15 rifle.

“When I view an assault weapons ban, it’s sort of a military, semi-automatic, typically removable clips, a magazine of 10 or more - it's like the AR-15s,” he said.

A Brief History Of The AR-15

Feb 28, 2018

What weapon did the gunman use in the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida?

If you said the AR-15, you'd be wrong. And we'll explain in a moment.

For more than a half-century, the AR-15 has been popular among gun owners, widely available in gun stores and, for many years, even appeared in the Sears catalog.

Yet over the past decade, the AR-15 and its offshoots have been used in many of the country's worst mass shootings. This has reignited the debate about their widespread availability.