assault rifle

noun

Definition of assault rifle

: any of various intermediate-range, magazine-fed military rifles (such as the AK-47) that can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire also : a rifle that resembles a military assault rifle but is designed to allow only semiautomatic fire

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On Monday, during an intense state Senate committee hearing on gun control, Florida lawmakers struck down a ban on assault rifles and approved an amendment allowing educators to carry firearms in school. Anne Branigin, The Root, "The Gun Laws Moving Forward in the Florida Legislature Could Make Schools Especially Dangerous for Students of Color," 27 Feb. 2018 The students are traveling to Tallahassee, the state capital, to call for a ban on assault rifles. Irene Hsu, New Republic, "Photos: The Parkland Survivors Take a Stand," 22 Feb. 2018 Founded by a family whose members once belonged to death squads that roamed this banana-growing region, the Clan has units in several regions and hundreds of men, many armed with assault rifles and land mines. Juan Forero, WSJ, "Where Colombian Rebels Once Ruled, Drug Gangs Now Fight for Control," 16 July 2018 Representative Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Senator Ted Cruz, has gone further than other Democrats in calling for a ban on assault rifles like those used in both the Florida and Sutherland Springs attacks. Paul J. Weber, BostonGlobe.com, "Post-Parkland push for gun control hasn’t gripped Texas yet," 18 May 2018 Just Tuesday in Coral Gables, fearing lawsuits from bucking state law, commissioners backtracked on a ban of assault rifles like the one used in the Douglas shooting. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: Another school shooting — and Stoneman Douglas students feel Maryland's pain | Commentary," 20 Mar. 2018 Currently, Florida law allows the sale of assault rifles like the AR-15 that the Parkland shooter had legally obtained. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "The Florida Legislature Voted Against Considering a Gun Control Bill with Parkland Students Present," 21 Feb. 2018 The men were attempting to obtain AK-47 assault rifles, handguns, bomb vests, grenades and raw materials for bombs and were looking for opportunities to train with such weapons, prosecutors say. Mike Corder, Fox News, "Dutch raids neutralized extremists' threat, authorities say," 28 Sep. 2018 Similar to what Nike did with Colin Kaepernick or Dick’s getting rid of assault rifles. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Amazon’s HQ2 was a con, not a contest," 9 Nov. 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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assault rifle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of assault rifle

: a gun that can shoot many bullets quickly and that is designed for use by the military

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