Originally Posted by Gestapo Hunter
wow this thing confusing....
Yes, it can be confusing.
Personally I use "assault weapon" in its military context, a weapon capable of fully automatic fire. In the US citizens can own fully automatic weapons if they are registered with the feds and you pay the "tax stamp".
What the anti-gun folks and the media call "assault weapons", what we around here have taken to calling Sport Utility Rifles, SURs :-), are simply semi-automatics that are modeled on or look somewhat like something the military might have --- e.g. the AR-15 modeled on the M-16. The antis want to ban things because they have some feature(s) that they think may "look" military e.g. pistol grips, collapsible stocks, flash suppressors, etc. They are stupid definitions but then antis are stupid so I guess it works for them.
A few states, very few actually, have restrictions on some types of firearms and some even have registration --- as I recall most don't. In my state, Florida, the only restrictions are the normal federal automatic weapons restrictions and the stupid 3 day waiting period (which is waived if you have a license to carry concealed); we do not have any registration or limits on the number of weapons -- you can buy or own the number you can afford (or since the election the type and number you can find in the stores :-)
Yes, its all very confusing :-)