Definition of “Assault Rifle”

The media and the anti-gunners are trying to tell Americans that “assault weapons” need to be banned for public safety. The problem is, assault rifles were banned as an amendment to the “Firearm Owners Protection Act” (FOPA) in 1986. What they want to ban now are semi-automatic sporting firearms. The firearms they want to ban account for less than 1% of the firearms used in crime. We need to stop this mindless attack on our Constitutional rights.

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The following video outlines the difference between a modern Sporting Rifle and a true “Assault Weapon”. Although the two look very much alike, there is a very clear functional difference between them.


Assault Weapon is capable of “Select Fire”, which means that it can fire in “Full Auto” mode, where a single pull of the trigger can fire multiple projectiles until the trigger is released.  Basically, an Assault Weapon is classified as a Machine Gun.

Sporting Rifle does not allow Select Fire mode, and can only fire a single projectile for each pull of the trigger.