- a semiautomatic rifle
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Last month the Trump administration said the Justice Department would move to ban the devices, which essentially turn semiautomatic weapons into automatic weapons.
Today’s version of the AR-15 rifle is marketed to civilians solely as a semiautomatic weapon, which means one round is fired with each pull of the trigger.
Allowing people to buy semiautomatic weapons — which sometimes occurs without background checks — is not the answer.
Well, there are semiautomatic handguns and hunting rifles too.
The fund still holds $33.1 million worth of investments in gun firms that make products for the military and law enforcement, and other firearms manufacturers that make non-automatic and non-semiautomatic weapons.
The students plan to demand a ban on all military-style weapons and all accessories that turn semiautomatic weapons into automatic weapons, such as bump stocks.
What America likely needs, then, is something more like Australia’s mandatory buyback program — essentially, a gun confiscation scheme — paired with a serious ban on specific firearms (including, potentially, all semiautomatic weapons).
In response to the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 dead, Trump has advocated arming teachers and banning bump stocks, a device that causes a semiautomatic weapon to fire more rapidly.
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SEMIAUTOMATIC Defined for English Language Learners
of a gun : able to fire bullets one after the other quickly but not automatically
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