There is still a lot of question about what an assault weapon really is. It could be any gun or even a baseball bat, if used for a physical attack or killing. It is not an automatic unless it is modified to be a rapid-fire gun like a machine gun such as used by Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger. Those went out of use in 1934 except for the Military or Law Enforcement. All others are semi-automatic weapons. I had occasion to carry a Sub-machine gun when the battalion runner got sick and I took his job for a couple of days. Since it is a job where goods or services are delivered to the front lines, the runner is a one man army. The rest of the time I carried an M-1, a semi-automatic weapon. It was a great improvement over the old Springfield, where the soldier had to open and close the bolt for every shot. No automatic weapon can be sold to any civilian today. I think the average semi-sutomatic rifle gives the average hunter plenty of fiie power, however many people make a hobby of guns and the more they spend, the more attached they are to them. Had the Japs made a landing on the West Coast during WWII they would have met hot reception from the National Rifle Association.
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