When is a semi- automatic gun a assault riffle? When MSM, Progressives, and Democrat politicians lie. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Take a Colt 45 or a 9MM Beretta. Both semi automatic just like a AR 15. Are the hand guns or Riffle fully automatic? No. All firearms available to civilians in this country are semi-automatic, which is a very different mechanism.
Do all three have a particularly high rate of fire? No. The rate of fire of an AR-15 style rifle is no different than that of a handgun. Do they fire particularly powerful rifle ammunition? No. In fact the AR-15 is illegal for deer hunting in many places because it tends to use very low-powered ammunition. I’ve recently read articles that compare AR-15 ammunition to handgun ammunition and arrive at the conclusion that the AR-15 is so powerful that it must be banned. What’s missing is a comparison to other rifles. Virtually all rifles are more powerful than the average handgun. Such does not render the AR-15 different.