assault weapon

noun

Definition of assault weapon

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

Examples of assault weapon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A few among them, toting assault weapons, are dressed incongruously in Hawaiian shirts. The Economist, "A boog’s life Why some protesters in America wear Hawaiian shirts," 23 May 2020 The weapons included including four assault weapons and two ghost guns, officials said. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Raids across California, including Bay Area, confiscate 51 guns, 28,000 rounds of ammo, drugs," 19 May 2020 While the protests have gone off generally without incident, Whitmer – and some state lawmakers from both parties – have raised concern about some of the demonstrators carrying assault weapons. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Defiant Whitmer slams anti-lockdown protests, questions political motives behind demonstrations," 18 May 2020 As of today the market for assault weapons is closed. Rob Gillies, Anchorage Daily News, "Canada bans military-style weapons after shooting rampage that killed 22," 1 May 2020 The man charged with killing 51 people in the deadliest terrorist attacks in New Zealand’s history, sparking a ban on semiautomatic and assault weapons, has changed his plea to guilty. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "New Zealand Mosque Shooter Changes Plea to Guilty," 26 Mar. 2020 Albinger stated the need to change gun-control policy to add more thorough background checks, increasing age restrictions on gun sales and limiting access to assault weapons. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tosa students show solidarity during organized walkouts," 14 Mar. 2018 Trudeau failed to make good on a 2015 election promise to restrict sales of assault weapons in Canada. Paula Newton, CNN, "Canada bans assault-style weapons after its worst ever mass murder," 1 May 2020 But for that decade, the law essentially banned the manufacture, sale, and possession of some military-style assault weapons, including the now popular AR-15. Pete Gelling, Quartz, "New Zealand’s ban on semiautomatic weapons is in effect. Where is the US’s?," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of assault weapon

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Assault weapon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assault%20weapon. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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