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story.lead_photo.caption Police released these surveillance images showing a man suspected of breaking into the Academy Sports in west Little Rock and stealing at least one gun.

Two AR-15-style rifles were stolen from a sporting goods store in west Little Rock late Sunday night, police said.

Authorities determined that the thief used some kind of cutting or prying tool to enter through the rear door of the Academy Sports at 11400 W. Markham St., according to a police report. It happened about 11:30 p.m.

The store's security footage shows the burglar enter the sales floor, head directly to the gun counter and remove from the rack two AR-15-style rifles, police said.

The same type of gun has been used in some of America's deadliest mass shootings, including at a rampage at a Florida high school on Wednesday that left 17 people dead.

The initial report states that one gun was taken, but investigators said later they believe the intruder left with two.

Police have named no suspects, and no arrests had been made at the time of the report.

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  • RBear
    February 19, 2018 at noon

    And this is even more reason why the AWB should be reinstated. If it were in place, this weapon would not have been available for theft. No other gun in the shop was targeted. Just an assault rifle.

  • Libertarian
    February 19, 2018 at 12:46 p.m.

    What makes the AR so terrifying RBear? You are a lot more likely to be shot by a hand gun. RARELY is a long gun used in a shooting. And the function of the AR is no different than any other semiautomatic rifle. It looks scary because of popular media, but any other rifle would do as much if not more damage. The .223 round is not nearly as powerful as the .30-06 and .308 that preceded it.

  • RBear
    February 19, 2018 at 1:47 p.m.

    Libertarian you are apparently new to the conversation. It is the common denominator in mass shootings in the US. That’s why.

  • TimberTopper
    February 19, 2018 at 1:50 p.m.

    my question is, Why would Academy Sports not have their guns in a gun safe?

  • Libertarian
    February 19, 2018 at 2:49 p.m.

    Hardly new RBear. The same arguments have been going on since probably the 60s.

    "Today, one of out of every five firearms purchased in this country is an AR-style rifle, according to a NSSF estimate. Americans now own an estimated 15 million AR-15s, gun groups say."

    Humans are unfortunately very fragile. Any gun that can take a deer or a hog, much less an elk or bear, will be devastating to a human.

    If you had a magic wand and could remove all ARs, crazy people would still murder innocents. Car bombs, cars into crowds, any number of ways you could come up with. There are over 300 million guns in the US. You're not putting that genie back in the bottle.

    Timber Topper, how much security is required? I'm surprised anyone went to the trouble. Prices start about $500 for a low end AR.

  • RBear
    February 19, 2018 at 3:28 p.m.

    Libertarian actually to this conversation you are new. There are several comments prior to today regarding why the AR-15 is different than other firearms and why it should be banned. One simple argument is capacity and speed. In the Parkland shooting the shooter was able to inflict harm on one victim every 8 seconds. While the shooter was a marksman, it would have still require more rapid fire and higher capacity magazines than the other weapons you mention. The AR-15 is an assault style rifle and not a hunting rifle.

  • HarleyOwner
    February 19, 2018 at 4:41 p.m.

    I wonder if there is fixing to be a mass shooting in our area? How about ammo, did he steal any of that?

  • OldGuard
    February 19, 2018 at 4:47 p.m.

    Guess he was in to big of a hurry and couldn't wait for his refund.

  • RobertBolt
    February 19, 2018 at 4:47 p.m.

    Owners who fail to secure their weapons should have some degree of culpability for subsequent harm inflicted.

  • Dontsufferfools
    February 19, 2018 at 4:58 p.m.

    Libertarian, listen to the school kids. They don't want to hear your "let's do nothing because nothing can be done" arguments. They don't want prayers or thoughts, either. They want concrete, effective action. In my opinion, school kids should boycott school until policies are in place to ensure safety. And if you don't understand the difference between what a bolt action 30-06 is designed for, and an AR-15 with a 100-round drum, then you lack the basic, nuanced thinking to make an argument.

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