Daniel Defensethe company that manufactured the AR-15 rifle that the young Salvador Ramos used for the robb school shootingin Texas, will not attend the National Rifle Association convention (NRA, for its acronym in English), reported a company spokesman, according to Bloomberg.
“Due to the horrific tragedy in Uvalde, where one of our products was misused in a criminal manner, we don’t think this is the right time to promote our products at the NRA convention in Texas,” said spokesman Steve Reed.
In addition to the company, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbottcanceled his attendance at the event, however the former president donald trump will be there.
According to information published by Bloomberg, Daniel Defense was founded more than 20 years ago after its director Marty Daniel fired an AR rifle at the invitation of a friend.
Until 2020, the company was worth $120 millionwith revenue of $78.7 million, PrivCo revealed.
Following the events in the Uvalde community, the company, which in one of its tweets promotes its products with a preschool-age child holding a long gun, reported that it would cooperate with authorities in their investigations. The armory has already made its social media accounts private.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and community devastated by this horrific act. We will cooperate with all authorities, federal, state and local, in their investigations. We will keep the families of the victims and the entire Uvalde community in our thoughts and prayers,” reads a statement. pop-up that appears when entering the company’s website.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundationthe AR-15 rifle is considered a firearm semi-automatic sport that can have civilian use, since they fire only one bullet each time the trigger is pulled.
This weapon is mainly used for hunting and, according to the NSSF, until 2018, more than 16 million Americans owned a rifle with these characteristics.