O yea it will have a impact NOT .
THERE ARE DOZENS of companys in America that make ar 15 rifles or part 8n America.
Its estimated there are up to 15 million already in circulation.
O yes 300 million plus gun total.
The ar 15 is responsible for a had full of deaths compared to knifes or clubs. Its not the problem. Mental illnesses is.
Sorry no fix for that.
Lets look at the gun here and why its popular.
It can be had in many calibers from a .22 lr up.
Now most are in .223 or 5.56 while you can shoot 223 in 5.56 you really should not do it the other way higher pressures same cartridge dimensions.
A. 5.56 the orginal chambering was designed to wound more than kill .
It takes 2 people to carry a wounded Soldier
The ar 15 is user friendly all the controls are well placed its simple to take apart and easy to work on.
Its simple to modify. And you can build one from parts with ease.
Now i never had one till i moved to fl.
I didnt like the first one i got so I sold the upper reciver and kept the lower and built what I wanted.
This gun was my hurricane gun .
After watching what happened in New Orleans with all the crime and looting decided i needed a rifle that held more than 5 rounds .
I had hunting rifles but they had the wrong optics 5 rounds heavy wood stocks .
The ar i build cost me 2 g I had a cmmg upper 18 in tripod adj stock grips and high quailty long range optics and flip up iron sights hand grips it would shoot sub 1\2 8n groups at 100 yards .
I sold it and built a close up rifle for under 200 yards crome lines barrel fore grip flash light green laser and a zero power red dot with 2 inch rectile and tatical sling. This is a fairly light weight gun . its fun to shoot at the range and great for those trying to loot your home and still fairly decent for hunting .
I have second gun also.
Its got a bull barrel a match grade trigger tripod and 0x24 optics for long range target shooting . its a sub 1/2 in gun at 100 yards .
Now my guns have been shot a lot by students learning how to shoot at paper and the occasional plastic bottle or furry creature I want to eat.
My guns are stored safely .
The last thing Id want to do is shoot a person .
Only to defend myself or others or my humble home from looters and villains in general.
Now the .223 aka 5.56 round is fairly inexpensive when you use military surplus.
I however reload aka make new ammo from used ammo it reduces cost greatly and allows you to custom load rounds to to rifle . now I can load a 1000 general loads to what it takes me to load 200 target loads which the way are expensive.
Now the ar 15 rifle in a basic form can be inexpensive 500 bucks or so or thousands for a high end rifle with high end goodies.
Its common to use on varmits such as ground hogs and coyotes to game as big as deer or pig depending on caliber and you abality.
Now in the movies every one has a full auto m16 every one it seems like. Well the ar 15 shoots one bullet every time you pull the trigger like thousands of other guns.
You want a fully auto m16 then you first have to find one made before 1986 and pay for it.
That will run you 25000 to 35000 .
Then you have to ask the ATF aka the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and forearms permission to do so. This takes anywhere from 9 months to a year o yes you have to pay a 200 dollar tax stamp.
This includes short barreled rifles sawed off shot guns and supressors.
I know this because I own class 2 firearms .
The backround check is extensive and you dont even want to screw up and be out without your paper work or god forbid misplace a class 2 firearm or device. The goverment will be in and out of all your orifices.
Various political party the media and the movies would like you to think they are assult rifles not so a assult rifle is selective fire .
Again the gun is not a issue but mental health is .