assault weapon

noun

Definition of assault weapon 

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

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There is also additional support for creating a three-day waiting period for people who purchase assault weapons. Linley Sanders, Teen Vogue, "Student Activists Push for Gun Control as State Governments Listen and Respond," 22 Feb. 2018 These are just some of the complications that limit an assault weapons ban’s effectiveness. German Lopez, Vox, "The Santa Fe High School shooting shows why an assault weapons ban can’t solve America’s gun problem," 21 May 2018 Other protesters said assault weapons should not be so easily bought by anyone and expressed disappointment over Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would require gun shops to have state licenses. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "'We all want a voice': Southland students say #ENOUGH through walkouts, remembrances," 14 Mar. 2018 Lily said after the event, citing universal background checks and an assault weapons ban as ways to stop gun violence. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "National School Walkout: Michigan students rally to end gun violence," 14 Mar. 2018 The weapon did not reach its current levels of popularity until the expiration of the nation’s federal assault weapons ban in 2004. J.p. Lawrence, San Antonio Express-News, "Florida shooter used an AR-15 military style rifle," 15 Feb. 2018 But support for banning assault weapons was overwhelming, with the measure adopted in a 446-99 vote. NBC News, "Frustrated American Medical Association adopts sweeping policies aimed at gun violence," 13 June 2018 But support for banning assault weapons was overwhelming, with the measure adopted in a 446-99 vote. Fox News, "American physician group calls for major cutbacks on gun violence," 13 June 2018 But support for banning assault weapons was overwhelming, with the measure adopted in a 446-99 vote. Lindsey Tanner, BostonGlobe.com, "Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence," 13 June 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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