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Q: What exactly is an Assault Weapon?
A: A lethal looking semi-automatic gun. Really! The term “Assault Weapon” is based on cosmetics not functionality, nor lethality.

Q: So why does the term “Assualt Weapon” (AW) exist, and more to the point, why are there laws banning “Assault Weapons”?
A: The “AW” term came about in 1989. It was devised by gun control activists as a means to further the banning of ALL guns – in effect abolishing the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. In other words it is a ploy by the anti-gun lobby to deceive the American Public by commingling Assault Rifle with Assault Weapon.

Q: So what is an “Assault Rifle”?
A: All ”¬†Assault¬†Rifle” have one thing in common, they are fully automatic, i.e. machine guns. Machine Guns have been banned from civilian ownership / use since 1986.

Once the anti-gun lobby got the “AW” term introduced into the common vernacular, they were able to get a Federal ban instituted on September 13 1994 – the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB). (Note that in order to get enough votes to pass the legislation into law, there was a 10 year time limitation. The Federal ban ended in 2004. Some States have their own “AWB’s”.)

Q: Is the AR15 (the civilian version of the Army’s M16) an “Assault Rifle”?
A: No, the AR15 is a semi-automatic, i.e. single shot (one pull of the trigger, one bullet fired) rifle. Most weapons sold today are semi-automatics, whether a hand gun, shot gun or rifle.) “AR15” is a model name, it stands for Armalite {project} 15. (Armalite was the firearms company that designed the AR15. It went out of business and Colt acquired it and the rights to the name.)

Q: Are AW’s responsible for a significant amount of murders in the US?
A: No, AW’s have been used only 0.6% of the murders committed in the US since 2004. Consider that there have more than 3.3 million AR15’s sold in the US between 1986 and 2009.

For more information see the website assaultweapon.info.