[Video] What is Your Definition of an “Assault Weapon”?
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Guns and Ammo sent out one of their reporters to the floor and surrounding areas of the 2013 NRA Show to find out what most people (pro and anti gun) consider to be an “assault weapon”.
The mainstream media has long been known to sensationalize the types of weapons used in crimes, often using terms such as “assault weapon”, “assault rifle”, “automatic weapons (when really referring to semi-automatic weapons)”, and throwing around specific types of firearms such as the AR-15 and AK-47 as catch all terms.
According to Wikipedia,
The term assault rifle is a translation of the German word Sturmgewehr (literally “storm rifle”, “storm” as in “military attack”). The name was coined by Adolf Hitler as a new name for the Maschinenpistole 43, subsequently known as the Sturmgewehr 44, the firearm generally considered the first assault rifle that served to popularize the concept and form the basis for today’s modern assault rifles.
The translation assault rifle gradually became the common term for similar firearms sharing the same technical definition as the StG 44. In a strict definition, a firearm must have at least the following characteristics to be considered an assault rifle:
- It must be an individual weapon with provision to fire from the shoulder (i.e. a buttstock);
- It must be capable of selective fire;
- It must have an intermediate-power cartridge: more power than a pistol but less than a standard rifle or battle rifle;
- Its ammunition must be supplied from a detachable magazine rather than a feed-belt.
- And it should at least have a firing range of 300 meters (1000 feet)
Obviously no commercially available firearm (without BATFE approval anyway) meets these criteria.