What do we know about the gun used in the Texas shooting?

By: Tiffany Alaniz

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • The gunman accused of opening fire on a Texas church reportedly used a Ruger AR-556 rifle.
  • The rifle was allegedly semi-automatic.
  • Officials say the shooter did not use a bump stock, but he was still reportedly able to empty 15 magazines.

 

Officials are answering some questions about why the weapon used by a gunman who opened fire on a Texas church, killing 26 and injuring 20, but others remain unanswered.

They say the gunman was armed with a Ruger AR-556 rifle.

The AR-15 style of rifle was designed for the U.S. military in the 1950s.

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When that type of weapon is purchased by civilians, it is semiautomatic, meaning only one bullet is fired every time the trigger is pulled.

Magazines for the gun usually hold 30 rounds, but 60-round and 100-round magazines are available.

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Authorities say the gun used in the Texas church shooting was not fitted with a bump stock like the weapons used in the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, leaving some with questions about how he was able to fire the gun so quickly and empty 15 magazines at the church.

Hear from gun experts about why the shooter likely didn’t use a bump stock on FOX23 News at 5.


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