By TONY MARTINEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS The AR-1 rifle was designed by the U.S. Army and sold by Winchester and sold at the Winchester Arms Company’s Rodeo Arms show in Winchester, Va.
A few years ago, Winchester and the U-Haul company bought the rights to the AR-10, the rifle used by the military.
The rifle is not a U.s. military product, but it has been used by many U. s. troops, including in the fight against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Winchester and U-haul purchased the rights from the Uighur people of Xinjiang, China, according to a statement by the companies.
The rights to manufacture and sell AR-Marks were originally assigned to the UPA, the Ughur ethnic group that calls itself a nation of nations, according a statement from the companies, and “have not been used to date by the United States.”
U. S. military officials said the government did not receive an application to sell the rifle.
The U. States and China have had a long and strained relationship, with the United Nations and the International Civil Aviation Organization having accused China of human rights violations in Xinjiang.
The Chinese government says it wants to maintain stability in the region and is committed to building bridges with Uighurs.
In April, China signed an agreement to develop a network of more than 100,000 military air bases in Xinjing and Urumqi.