assault weapon


Definition of assault weapon

: any of various automatic or semiautomatic firearms especially : assault rifle

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Recent Examples on the Web The law also created the nation's first dangerous weapon registry and broadened what classifies as an assault weapon, leading to a ban of more than 150 models. Meghan Mistry, ABC News, 12 June 2022 One in five gun purchases is now an assault weapon. The Week Staff, The Week, 12 June 2022 If approved, Nevada would be the fourth state to do so in the U.S., joining Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York City among jurisdictions that have recently cut financial ties with assault weapon manufacturers. James Dehaven, USA TODAY, 2 June 2022 Trudeau said if someone really wants to keep their assault weapon it will be made completely inoperable. Rob Gillies, Chron, 30 May 2022 The powerful assault weapon can inflict heavy damage. New York Times, 15 May 2022 On Friday, Kane said police found in the apartment at the northern edge of Carver-Langston more than 100 rounds of ammunition, a .45-caliber handgun, and an assault weapon resembling an AK-47. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2022 Other bills would ban ghost guns and restrict the peddling of small assault weapon look-alikes to children. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 But that’s what Newsom is proposing — that private bounty hunters be empowered to sue anyone who sells, distributes or manufactures an assault weapon or ghost gun kit. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of assault weapon

1968, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Assault weapon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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