Geraldo Rivera Says the ‘AR’ in AR-15 Means ‘Automatic Rifle’


FOX News personality Geraldo Rivera backed President Biden’s push for an “assault weapons” ban and said that the “AR” in AR-15 stands for “automatic rifle” on Tuesday’s The Five.

Newsweek quoted Rivera telling the co-hosts, “I submit to you, ladies and gentlemen, there is no legitimate reason … to have an AR-15.”

He described the AR-15 as a “machine gun” that people own in order to make them feel “macho.”

Greg Gutfeld then asked Rivera, “What does ‘AR’ stand for?”

Rivera responded, “Automatic rifle.”

Breitbart News has previously reported the “AR” in AR-15 actually stands for Armalite Rifle. (Armalite was the first company to manufacture the AR-15 design in the late 1950s.)

Even though Rivera was wrong, he continued his push for gun control, saying, “All I know is AR-15s have no place in American society other than in sports clubs.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. AWR Hawkins holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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