The proliferation of these weapons, based on military designs, including the ubiquitous AK-47 by Mikhail Kalashnikov, have become wildly popular among shooting enthusiasts. And that popularity is a grave concern to gun-control activists.
“I don’t know how anyone can justify having one of those weapons,” says Steven Gunn, a spokesman for the Gun Violence Protection Center of Utah. “Except their usual explanation that it is to ‘resist tyrannical government.’ ”
From a third to half of the rifles offered in recent weeks on KSL.com fell into the category of auto-loading weapons based on military designs. Rifles for sale included distinctive AK-47s made in Bulgaria and Romania ($490 to $925), variations on the U.S. military’s small arm AR-15s ($600 to $700) and obsolete Chinese and former Eastern Bloc SKS semiautomatics that have flooded the market ($275 to $325). Last week, two scoped .50-caliber sniper rifles were offered for sale, ranging in price from $2,000 to $4,900.
Read the rest of Glen Warchol’s article at The Salt Lake Tribune.