Libel and Firearm Miscategorization
Would it be possible for a manufacturer or even a citizen in a news story to sue a news outlet for libel following their claim that a firearm was an "assault rifle" "AK-47," etc., when the firearm was not?
Even if you accept the 1994 AWB definition of an AWB and forget the military definition, there are still many firearms, such as SAIGA and SKS that are regularly referred to as AWs or AK-47s. I think there could easily be damages to both a manufacturer or individuals reputation following such claims.
A few suits and reporters who don't know what they are talking about might shut up. I know there was a law office bringing suits against forums for publishing copyrighted information a few years back even though they were a third party, would the stake holders even need to be involved?