assault weapon

noun

Definition of assault weapon 

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

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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 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 But support for banning assault weapons was overwhelming, with the measure adopted in a 446-99 vote. Lindsey Tanner, chicagotribune.com, "Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence," 12 June 2018 Is the only candidate to vote to ban assault weapons and take guns away from domestic abusers. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Ad watch: Brochin TV ad in Baltimore County executive's race touts accomplishments," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of assault weapon

1966, in the meaning defined above

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