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Assault weapon is a term used in the United States to define some types of firearms. The definition varies among regulating jurisdictions, but usually includes semi-automatic firearms with a detachable magazine and a pistol grip, and sometimes other features such as a flash suppressor or barrel shroud. Some firearms are specified by name. At the time that the now-defunct Federal Assault Weapons Ban passed in 1994, the U.S. Justice Department said, "In general, assault weapons are semiautomatic firearms with a large magazine of ammunition that were designed and configured for rapid fire and combat use." The origin of the term has been attributed to legislators, gun control groups, the media, and the firearms industry itself. It is sometimes conflated with the term "assault rifle", which refers to selective-fire military rifles that can fire in automatic and / or burst mode.
After the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, many news organizations ran stories about assault weapons, explaining their varying definitions and presenting varying opinions about whether or not they should be banned again on the federal level.

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  1. ActionHero1980

    The dreaded Wa. State "assault rifle"

    While working on emails to send out in regards to the currently proposes gun bills, I found this little beauty. Boy scouts of america 10/22. This really points out the absurdity of labeling all semi autos as "assault rifles". In Wasshington, where "we" pride ourselves on our diversity and...
  2. CountryGent

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  3. Nick Burkhardt

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  4. Tony617

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  5. Cavedweller

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  6. Cavedweller

    Other State  Delaware "assault weapon" ban defeated

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  7. T

    National  Some ammunition to use against assault weapon ban talk.

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  8. Joe Link

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  9. Foamcups

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    http://oregonvotes.org/irr/2018/042text.pdf bubblegum that.
  10. rcrown

    Assault weapon Ban 2018, that is trying to get passed

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  11. RicInOR

    National  Assault Weapon (BAN)

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  12. ATCclears

    Washington  2017-2018 Senate Bill 5050 / House Bill 1134

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