Most gun-control laws that politicians attempt to pass target guns which they define as "assault weapons".
However, most times this rather nebulous definition includes semi-auto hunting rifles, certain handguns, and guns with rails along the top and bottom.
So, I pose the question to you - What do you believe constitutes an "Assault Weapon"?
E.G. What types of guns do you think civilians should not legally be able to purchase?
A quick run-down on various gun types, for those not-in-the-know:
- A FULLY-AUTOMATIC firearm (Aka a machine gun) is a weapon which fires continuously as long as the trigger is being held down until the magazine is empty. These are typically rifles, firing a moderate to large round, however, there are also many compact fully-automatic pistols on the market, such as the Uzi and G18. The modern military typically uses 3 rounds burst weapons - they fire 3 rounds each time the trigger is pulled. However, space for questions is limited in these poles, so I am grouping 3-round burst weapons in with full-auto weapons.
FULLY AUTOMATIC FIREARMS CANNOT CURRENTLY BE PURCHASED BY CIVILIANS WITHOUT A SPECIAL PERMIT
- A SEMI-AUTOMATIC firearm is a weapon which fires once every time you pull the trigger until the magazine is empty. This includes many rifles, such as the AR-15 and Ruger Mini-14 (Both of which are now banned by the recent AWB). Most pistols, such as the Glock and Colt 1911 are Semi-automatics.
- A BOLT-ACTION rifle is a weapon which requires you to manually work the bolt to load a new round into the chamber each time you fire the rifle. These are most commonly used as hunting rifles.
- A MUSKET is a black powder rifle which requires you to load it from the front of the barrel, typically requiring up to 2 - 3 minutes to load after each shot. Many people enjoy hunting with black powder rifles, however, I have never fired a black powder rifle, and as such I don't have much experience with them.
Please note, due to limited question space I had to ignore many common weapon subcategories, such as: pump-action rifles / shotguns, bolt-action rifles without a magazine, lever-action rifles, bull-pup rifles, shotguns, large-caliber firearms, etc.
If you find that your opinion is not represented among the possible answers, please choose the answer closest to, or above your preferred answer, and comment with more detail.
-- Please excuse any factual errors, to the best of my knowledge, all the information I provided is accurate, but I'm only human --