The term "assault weapon" was made up to create confusion in the minds of the ignorant.
I believe that "assault rifle" is the correct technical term for a light weight rifle which allows automatic or semi-automatic fire [termed "select fire"] using an intermediate power cartridge. The cartridge power is traded off to permit carrying of more ammunition. The M16 is an example of such a rifle.
"Assault weapon" is a completely invented term used to outlaw black, ugly, military-looking semi-automatic rifles that frighten liberal anti-gunners.
"Assault weapons" are now legal in most states, because the unConstitutional federal "assault weapons" ban expired at the end of its ten year term.
Also, despite the efforts of anti-gunners to outlaw "assault rifles", they have only succeeded in outlawing their manufacture for civilian sale and in requiring burdensome federal licensing of such arms. Some states, perhaps most, also have tight controls on who can possess "assault rifles" or other machineguns.
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Nope. Thanks for the info!