US private companies send thousands of AR-15 style assault rifles to Ukraine


According to information published by Fox Business on April 4, 2022, private businesses across America are sending weapons directly into the war zone. Adams Arms, an American gun manufacturer, is sending 2,500 AR-15-style assault rifles to Kyiv:"We're just a passionate group of people, and when liberty or freedom is in jeopardy, then, you know, we take that personally. For us to be able to help has just been an overwhelming feeling, and I'm proud of my team," Adams Arms president Jason East said to Fox Business.
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Adams Arms is preparing to send the first of five planned shipments to Ukraine this week, Fox Business reports. The company is losing $300,000 selling the guns at a discounted price, but believes it's an honor to help out. Adams Arms has worked with gun distributors across Ukraine for the last five years. "They needed an immediate order. Our specific resource is still there in the area. He's just outside of Kyiv. We talk with him almost on a daily basis," East said. Adams Arms has been working with the Commerce Department and other business partners to put proper licensing and logistics into place to ensure firearms would arrive safely. The company set the transaction to take place in Poland, as an intermediary, to ensure the shipment is not intercepted. With regard to the threat of interception, Adams Arms staggers their shipments, separating arms, ammunition and armor, Fox Business reports.

An AR-15-style rifle is any lightweight semi-automatic rifle based on the Colt AR-15 design. The original Armalite AR-15 is a scaled-down derivative of Eugene Stoner's AR-10 design. The then Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation division ArmaLite sold the patent and trademarks to Colt's Manufacturing Company in 1959. After most of Colt's patents for the Colt AR-15 expired in 1977, many firearm manufacturers began to produce copies of the Colt AR-15 under various names. Despite the patents expiring, Colt retained the trademark of the AR-15 and is the sole manufacturer able to label their firearms as AR-15. Although Colt owns the AR-15 trademark, the "AR" in AR-15 stands for "Armalite Rifle", not "assault rifle".


 

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