Michele Bachmann's favorite gun is the Bushmaster AR-15 used in Newtown [VIDEO]

Bachmann said she's partial to magazines that allow her to fire "many many shots."
Bachmann said she's partial to magazines that allow her to fire "many many shots."
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During an appearance on Jan Mickelson's radio show late last year, Michele Bachmann said her favorite gun is the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle.

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That's the same controversial high-capacity gun used by Adam Lanza to kill 20 children and six adults last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut.

Here's footage of Bachmann's pre-Iowa caucus December 2011 appearance on Mickelson's show, followed by a transcript of the pertinent exchange:

BACHMANN: My favorite gun is an AR-15 because you can be so accurate with it, and I scored the best in my [gun safety] class of any of the men too in that class.


BACHMANN: It's a rifle -- I love that gun.

MICKELSON: --it's a combat weapon! It can be made automatic, but it's a semi-automatic .222 I think.

BACHMANN: I like being accurate, and that is a great gun.

MICKELSON: Accurate and apparently lots of firepower and many many shots.

BACHMANN: Many many shots, yeah.

MICKELSON: How big is your magazine? [laughs]

BACHMANN: Do you really want to know?

MICKELSON: Is it a legal magazine?

BACHMANN: Yes, of course it is!

Via Reuters, here's some information about Bushmaster AR-15s:

* An automatic version of the weapon is used by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and some police forces in the United States. The M-16 is the rifle version of the military weapon, and the M-4 is the carbine, a weapon with a shorter barrel.

* A similar civilian model was used in 2002 by the Washington-area snipers John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo, who shot randomly at victims during a three-week spree that killed 10 people.

* The weapon is highly modular, meaning a user can change the barrel, the stock, the magazine and other features, easily changing a weapon's characteristics such as weight, capacity, range and accuracy.

* The AR in "AR-15" rifle stands for ArmaLite, the company that developed it in the 1950s, and not for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

* Capacity: 30 rounds in a standard military magazine.

* Suggested retail price of the Bushmaster .223 caliber M4 carbine: $1,197 to $1,391.

* National retailers selling assault weapons include: Wal-Mart Stores Inc, where it is for sale in a small percentage of stores; Dick's Sporting Goods Inc, and Cabela's Inc.

* Civilian uses: A semi-automatic version of the weapon is popular in competitions and firing ranges. Can also be used for hunting.

* Connecticut law: The state requires rifles and shotguns to be registered but requires no permit to purchase them, according to the National Rifle Association's Institute of Legislative Action.

Finally, some perspective on how the Newtown school shooting could affect the company that manufactures Bushmasters comes courtesy of the Huffington Post:

Any move to clamp down on consumer sales of military-style weapons could fall heavily on Bushmaster and its corporate parent, Freedom Group, a private company owned by a New York-based hedge fund, Cerberus Capital Management. According to its 2011 annual report, Freedom Group is the nation's largest manufacturer of military-style semiautomatics, which it calls "modern sporting rifles."...

In its 2011 report, Freedom Group described semiautomatic rifles as among the firm's most promising areas of growth. The market for such guns grew 27 percent between 2007 and 2011, the firm said...

Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza, who Lanza also shot dead on Friday, appears to have lawfully purchased and registered the Bushmaster .223 used in the Newtown killings, according to law enforcement sources cited by the Associated Press and other news outlets.

-- Hat-tip: Ken Avidor --

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