A lot of KELOLAND viewers have been asking us questions about the AR-15 rifle, like can they be traced? Who's buying them and for what purpose?
First off, the AR doesn't stand for Assault Rifle, it actually stands for Armalite Rifle, named after the company that developed the weapon.
In South Dakota, you have to be at least 18 years old to buy an AR-15 or any long gun for that matter, from a licensed dealer. But you have to be 21 to buy a handgun.
According to one firearm dealer I spoke with today, most people buy them for hunting or recreational shooting.
How many AR-15's are there in the state? Nobody knows for sure, because there is no way to track that. South Dakota doesn't have a state gun registry.
Every licensed firearm dealer in the state is required to keep records for 20 years of every gun they sell just in case the FBI or ATF want to look at the paperwork. Then after 20 years those records are turned over to the ATF and put into a data base.
Every licensed gun dealer has to do a background check on the person who's buying the gun.
But there is a bit of a loophole at gun shows, where you'll find some private sellers; they don't need to do any of that paperwork.
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