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New assault rifle sold to civilians is twice as powerful as AR-15 and capable of firing through body armor, report says

Sig Sauer rifles are displayed during the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on May 5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • A weapons company markets an assault rifle that can shoot through bulletproof vests to civilians.

  • SIG Sauer’s MCX-SPEAR can fire bullets with twice the kinetic energy of an AR-15, The Daily Beast reported.

  • Making the weapon commercially available raises questions, it was to fall into the hands of a mass shooter.

A weapons company is marketing an assault rifle that can shoot through body armor to civilians, a report says, amid ongoing gun control debates following a series of deadly mass shootings.

SIG Sauer’s MCX-SPEAR is the civilian equivalent of the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon-Rifle (NGSW-R), specifically created to rip through body armor, The Daily Beast reported.

“It will go through almost every body armor worn by law enforcement in the county right now,” said Ryan Busse, a former gun company executive now a senior policy analyst at Giffords. Law Center.

The gun fires bullets with twice the kinetic energy of an AR-15, has a longer range and has a noise suppressor that could make a shooter harder to locate, the outlet reported.

“The MCX-SPEAR was developed with direct input from American warfighters to provide more power, distance, and accuracy to replace the current M4 rifle platform,” the company’s website reads.

Making the weapon commercially available raises questions about the possible outcomes should it fall into the hands of a mass shooter.

Political analyst Busse told the outlet that while AR-15s are lighter and more maneuverable than MCX-SPEARs, bullets from the latter can hit much harder over greater distances.

Busse said the gun could help mass shooters become “a long-range sniper with an AR-15 style gun.”

SIG Sauer is also the company responsible for making the AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle that was used in the 2016 Orlando nightclub shootings that left 49 people dead.

The company said the MCX-SPEAR would be available at “select retailers,” Firearm Blog first reported in January.

In the press release, Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, Inc, said this is “a rare opportunity for passionate consumers to own a piece of history.”

One of the dealers said the gunmaker sent 2,500 and 5,000 guns and they sold out quickly, despite the manufacturer’s suggested price of $7,999, The Daily Beast reported.

A SIG Sauer customer service representative told the outlet that more guns will soon be shipping to gun shops at a lower price than “first edition” models.

“I know it happens,” the rep told the outlet. “We’re trying to get these things out as fast as possible. Get out as many guns as possible.”

The high-powered AR-15-type weapons used in recent mass shootings, including in Buffalo, Uvalde and Highland Park that left 38 people dead, were all purchased legally in the United States.

The Highland shooter fired more than 70 rounds from the rooftop into the crowd of innocent parade-goers below during the rampage in suburban Chicago.

House Democrats have been working to push forward a bill to ban certain semi-automatic rifles in response to the recent spate of mass shootings using such weapons.

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