assault weapon


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assault weapon

n.
Any of various automatic or semiautomatic firearms with detachable magazines and often other features such as a pistol grip or a collapsible stock, designed for individual use.
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Montoya has been charged with manufacturing and distributing assault weapons, possession of an assault weapon, and making a criminal threat.
Many have called for measures such as an assault weapon ban, universal background checks and other gun control reforms long stymied by partisan fighting in Washington.
'It has been observed with great concern that all police personnel deployed for patrolling, pickets or escort duties are armed with sub-machine guns,' the order read and acknowledged that the 'display of automatic assault weapon in an urban setting is not only scary but also results in casualties' in case of firing, even if accidental.
Display of automatic assault weapon in urban setting is not only scary but also can result into causalities in case of even accidental firing.
In 1994, Congress passed a federal "assault weapon" ban sponsored by Feinstein.
The vote was 20-17 against the assault weapon ban, with two Republicans joining all of the Senate's 15 Democrats in support of the proposal, the Miami Herald reported.
Can anyone imagine a scenario in which today's advocates of an "assault weapon" ban would not eventually turn their attention to the most common guns used by criminals and in suicides?
As an Army officer qualified in all military weapons in the 1960s, I was personally involved in the Army's transition from powerful military rifles to small-caliber, high-velocity rifles, the assault weapon. The military mindset went from being able to place a killing shot at 500 yards to filling the air with stinging bees to keep the "other's" head down so that an "assault" could move forward.
Be prepared for all manner of unlikely events: on September 12 the New York Times ran an editorial by Lois Beckett titled "The Assault Weapon Myth." In it, essentially every claim made by gun control advocates, including by the New York Times in defense of assault weapon bans over the last 20 years is demolished.
Assault weapon and/or large-capacity magazine owners who purchased the items before the law went into effect on April 4 were given until Jan.
The killings in Aurora, Colorado, and the other aforementioned mass shootings, as in almost every mass shooting anywhere, can be attributed to the combination of the semiautomatic assault weapon and high capacity magazines.
Rambo star Sly, 66, said: "I know people get upset and go, 'They're going to take away the assault weapon'.