Fake News, False Terms… Decoding Gun Control Language

The following is a video transcript.

The myths surrounding “common sense gun control” start with something very simple: the terms and phrases the anti-gunners have coined. Today, we’re going to get to the “real talk” behind the propaganda.

Assault Weapons

Assault Weapons: This one is easy. There is, quite simply, no such thing as an assault weapon. It’s not a legal term of art, and it’s not an industry term. You can bet, when a gun control advocate uses this term, they are referencing any kind of modern sporting rifle. Get ready to start hearing this term used interchangeably with the newly coined, anti-gun phrase “weapon of war.”

High Capacity Magazine

High capacity magazine: Like “assault weapon,” there is no definition of what constitutes a high capacity magazine. Pending federal legislation, and some state laws already in existence, would have you believe that any magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds should be outlawed as a high capacity magazine. Of course, gun owners all know that this would criminalize most factory magazines in rifles and handguns alike.

Machine Gun

Finally, one that is often tossed around to inspire fear: Machine gun. A “machine gun” is simply a fully automatic weapon. A weapon is fully automatic if, with one trigger pull, more than one round of ammunition is discharged. Fully automatic weapons are highly regulated through the National Firearms Act, and are incredibly expensive and difficult to come by, since the manufacturer of new full-auto weapons for civilian ownership has been banned since 1986. The gun control advocates would have us believe that a “machine gun” is any kind of AR platform rifle, and that machine guns are responsible for a high percentage of crime, but that is simply not the case.

Don’t get tongue tied by the anti-gunners terms. If you have any additional questions about this topic call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.

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