Clarifying assault weapons
What is an “assault weapon”? ?What does “assault weapon” mean?
Actually the words “assault weapon” are a bogeyman created by misinformed individuals who know little or nothing about the differences between military, fully-automatic and civilian semi-automatic firearms. Some civilian semi-automatic rifles look like the military, fully-automatic types.
These semi-automatic rifles may have pistol grips, folding stocks, shorter but legal barrels and detachable magazines. I agree that they are scary looking.
A semi-automatic firearm can be a rifle a shotgun or a handgun. After being loaded, a semi-automatic fires one bullet with one trigger squeeze. It then automatically ejects the spent brass and loads a live round into the firing chamber.
These are not what the military would use as “assault weapons.” They would be out-gunned by the enemy.
A fully-automatic weapon will fire all of the rounds loaded into it with one trigger squeeze until they are all spent. I would agree that these are rightly-named “assault weapons.”
These fully-automatic weapons are usually illegal to be owned by civilians under federal statutes. And that is good.?
Roger Jack Young