Family of AR-15 Inventor Eugene Stoner: Gun Not for Civilians

The rifle was meant for the military, not for the public.

Charlotte, NC–  The AR-15 is one of the most controversial guns in America. While the Orlando nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen, didn’t use that exact gun, he reportedly used a Sig Sauer MCX, which is a spin off version of the rifle.

The family of Eugene Stoner, the man who created the original AR-15 in the 1950’s, said he never intended the weapon for civilian use. They argue, the firearm was only meant as an improved military weapon. Stoner’s family also said it wasn’t sold to the public until after his death.

The AR-15 has been used in several recent mass shootings.