First, understanding what an assault weapon is not, is essential. There is often confusion over the terms ‘assault weapon’ and ‘assault rifle.’ Written in the Stanford Law and Policy Review, according to Bruce H. Kobayashi and Joseph E. Olson:
Prior to 1989, the term “assault weapon” did not exist in the lexicon of firearms. It is a political term, developed by anti-gun publicists to expand the category of “assault rifles.”
Read Our Article on the Assault Weapons: Everything You Need to Know.