What is an "assault weapon"?

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    I don't know what one is. What makes a weapon an assault weapon?

    I was under the impression that all firearms purchased for self protection are assault weapons, because, well, that is why they were purchased.

    My knowledge of guns is limited to the shotgun I own, so if someone could educated me on what an assault gun is, that would be great. I purchased that shotgun for home protection, so technically it is an assault weapon.
     
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    I don't know the legal definition but there is a difference between a protective weapon and an assault weapon.
     
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    we can make the laws.

    its the powwer the founders gave us.


    WE deside what the definition is
     
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    No there isn't.

    If I shoot you while you are breaking into my house any gun I use is a defensive weapon.
     
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    we can grandfather the guns in.

    You can keep it if you already own it.

    You cant sell it or give it away.


    you have to keep it or give it to the government.

    when you die your family gets the price that it last sold for and hands it over.

    In a few years there will be none in any hands
     
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    But, using my protective weapon on an intruder, I am assaulting him/her.

    I'm not trying to be obtuse here, but this "assault weapon" rhetoric has the possibility of going way too far.
     
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    Here's how the state of CT defines assault weapon(s)...

    Criminal Jury Instructions

    ASSAULT WEAPON

    "Assault weapon" means any one of the following:

    1. Any selective-fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user or any of the following specified semiautomatic firearms: Algimec Agmi; Armalite AR-180; Australian Automatic Arms SAP Pistol; Auto-Ordnance Thompson type; Avtomat Kalashnikov AK-47 type; Barrett Light-Fifty model 82A1; Beretta AR-70; Bushmaster Auto Rifle and Auto Pistol; Calico models M-900, M-950 and 100-P; Chartered Industries of Singapore SR-88; Colt AR-15 and Sporter; Daewoo K-1, K-2, Max-1 and Max-2; Encom MK-IV, MP-9 and MP-45; Fabrique Nationale FN/FAL, FN/LAR, or FN/FNC; FAMAS MAS 223; Feather AT-9 and Mini-AT; Federal XC-900 and XC-450; Franchi SPAS-12 and LAW-12; Galil AR and ARM; Goncz High-Tech Carbine and High-Tech Long Pistol; Heckler & Koch HK-91, HK-93, HK-94 and SP-89; Holmes MP-83; MAC-10, MAC-11 Carbien type; Intratec TEC-9 and Scorpion; Iver Johnson Enforcer model 3000; Ruger Mini-14/5F folding stock model only; Scarab Skorpion; SIG 57 AMT and 500 Series; Spectre Auto Carbine and Auto Pistol; Springfield Armory BM59, SAR-48 and G-3; Sterling MK-6 and MK-7; Steyr AUG; Street Sweeper and Striker 12 revolving cylinder shotguns; USAS-12; USI Carbine, Mini-Carbine and Pistol; Weaver Arms Nighthawk; Wilkinson "Linda" Pistol.

    2. A part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon as defined in subdivision (1) or any combination of parts from which an assault weapon as defined in subdivision (1) may be rapidly assembled if those parts are in the possession or under the control of the same person.

    3. Any semiautomatic firearm not listed in subdivision (1) that meets the following criteria:

    (A) A semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least two of the following:

    i. a folding or telescopic stock;

    ii. a pistol grip;

    iii. a bayonet mount;

    iv. a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor; and

    v. a grenade launcher.

    (B) A semiautomatic pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least two of the following:

    i. an ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip;

    ii. a threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip or silencer;

    iii. a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned;

    iv. a manufactured weight of fifty ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; and

    v. a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm.

    (C) A semiautomatic shotgun that has at least two of the following:

    i. a folding or telescoping stock;

    ii. a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;

    iii. a fixed magazine capacity in excess of five rounds; and

    iv. an ability to accept a detachable magazine.

    4. A part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon, as defined in subdivision (3), or any combination of parts from which an assault weapon, as defined in subdivision (3), may be rapidly assembled if those parts are in the possession or under the control of the same person.

    Source: General Statutes § 53-202a (a) (applies to §§ 53-202b -- 202k).

    Commentary: The term "assault weapon" does not include any firearm modified to render it permanently inoperable. General Statutes § 53-202a (b).

    Link...ASSAULT WEAPON
     
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    You can't be this naive.
     
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    No shit? A bayonette mount???????????????
     

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