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Old March 5, 2012, 02:27 PM   #16
Spats McGee
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Originally Posted by maestro pistolero
Originally Posted by BillCA
Consider this - in California, a Colt AR-15 (e.g. AR6721), owned by a police officer is now called a Patrol Rifle[1] while the exact same rifle in the hands of a serf citizen is an "assault weapon".
Excellent point that really shines the light on how terminology is used to assign motives that are not necessarily (or even, usually) present, i.e. it's not a hammer, it's a 'bludgeon'.
In any political (or legal) fight, laying claim to the proper terminology is crucial. I've also seen the term "sporting rifle" popping up for AR-style rifles. Doesn't sound nearly as menacing as "assault rifle," does it?
I'm a lawyer, but I'm not your lawyer. If you need some honest-to-goodness legal advice, go buy some.
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