Gun sold at auction ‘could become family heirloom’

As President Donald Trump moved closer to signing legislation allowing for the rapid expansion of concealed carry weapons, gun violence prevention activist Kyle Rittenhouse of Carry Free Project developed a weapon he believes will…

Gun sold at auction 'could become family heirloom'

As President Donald Trump moved closer to signing legislation allowing for the rapid expansion of concealed carry weapons, gun violence prevention activist Kyle Rittenhouse of Carry Free Project developed a weapon he believes will go on to become a family heirloom — an AR-15 he found online at auction.

Armed with a steel-heavy design inspired by the recoil of the modern version of the weapon, Rittenhouse quickly repaired the rifle with a single crack and finished shooting it out of the gun club.

But Rittenhouse soon learned the weapon was listed for sale and put in for a Guinness World Record attempt.

Rittenhouse now uses the gun for a variety of reasons.

“I use it to shoot squirrels and I just enjoy going to the woods and seeing what happens when you mess with an old rifle,” he said.

He said there is no shortage of haters who despise the firearm for their arguments on Second Amendment grounds and there has even been an uptick in calls of suicide due to anxiety from gun violence, like the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin in 2014.

However, Rittenhouse insists the gun is a valuable memento for the family who gets to keep it.

CNN’s Eric Burnett spoke with Rittenhouse and auctioneer Christopher Blosser who will measure and record the gun in person, but the group came close to selling the rifle recently.

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