Assault Weapon

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An automatic or semiautomatic weapon that holds 30 or more rounds of ammunition and which is generally understood to fire one bullet each time the trigger is pulled. There is no technical military definition of assault weapon other than that referring to a weapon used in a military assault operation. The US Army does define the term assault rifle as a short, compact, selective-fire weapon that fires a cartridge intermediate in power between submachine gun and rifle cartridges
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The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge by gun rights activists to a Chicago suburb's ordinance banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, handing a victory to gun control advocates amid a fierce debate over the nation's firearms laws.
Lois Beckett, "The Assault Weapon Myth" New York Times, September 12, 2014, http://www.
It expands the definition of assault weapon to include more than 100 models of guns and rifles and covers any firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or "burst of fire" use.
29) At its core, an assault weapon is exceedingly dangerous for two reasons: "high [ammunition] capacity and enhanced control during rapid fir[e].
Markey appeared with a retired first-grade teacher who lamented the risks to students and the public posed by assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Texans support assault weapons ban, mixed on Cornyn (Public Policy Polling): "49% of Texas voters support an assault weapons ban to just 41% opposed to it.
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Bush, Bill Clinton, and I all supported a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons like AK-47s and Uzis, and such a ban was finally passed in 1994.
The April 10 decision specifically clears the way for families of victims in the 1993 Pettit & Martin law office slaughter to sue a gun maker--not on a product defect theory but on grounds that the manufacturer's assault weapons are designed only for mass killing and, therefore, are inherently "ultrahazardous.
Even after the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, during which a murderer used an AR 15 assault weapon to fire 152 rounds in less than 5 minutes and massacre 20 children and 6 adults, Congress is continuing to let a vocal minority of lobbyists controlled and funded by the gun industry dictate law making on gun issues.
I know people get (upset) and go, 'They're going to take away the assault weapon.