Andrew Patrick in CNBC

Colt will no longer make AR-15s for civilians, but gun control advocates might not have much to celebrate

“With the timing, it makes you scratch your head and wonder if they’re not serving the political winds around this issue,” said Andrew Patrick, director of political communications at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Colt was unavailable for comment.

As far as what the company’s decision means for gun control, Patrick isn’t sure.

“Colt has a name associated with it and there is a history around Colt’s firearms so I think there is a symbolism there,” Patrick said. “Will it start a trend? I’m skeptical but it’s progress. There will be one less AR manufacturer, and that’s always a good thing.”

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