Owners defend their choice of AR-style firearms

In this photo taken June 24, 2016, Dara Humphries, an NRA and Glock firearms instructor, poses for a portrait in Gainesville, Ga., holding an AR-platform rifle at a gun range. An estimated 8 million AR-style guns have been sold since they were first introduced to the public in the 1960s, and about half of them are owned by current or former members of the military or law enforcement, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gunmakers. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)ATLANTA (AP) — Karen Butler still remembers the first time she picked up an AR-15-style rifle a decade ago.

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