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Assault Weapons

Assault Weapons

It shall be unlawful to possess any “assault weapon” or “large capacity ammunition feeding device.” So called assault weapons lawfully possessed prior to September 14, 1994 and large capacity ammunition feeding devices manufactured prior to such date can continue to be lawfully possessed..
“Assault weapon” is defined as:
A semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least two of the following characteristics:
  • a folding or telescoping stock
  • a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the actionof the weapon
  • a bayonet mount
  • a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor
  • a grenade launcher
  • A semiautomatic shotgun that has at least two of the following characteristics
  • a folding or telescoping stock
  • a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon
  • a fixed magazine capacity in excess of five rounds
  • an ability to accept a detachable magazine
  • A semiautomatic pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least two of the following characteristics
  • an ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip
  • a threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer
  • shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned
  • manufactured weight of fifty ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded
  • A semiautomatic version of an automatic rifle, shotgun or firearm
  • Any of the weapons, or functioning frames or receivers of such weapons, or copies or duplicates of such weapons, in any caliber, known as:
  • Norinco, Mitchell, and Poly Technologies Avtomat Kalashnikovs (All Models)
  • Action Arms Israeli Military Industries UZI and Galil
  • Beretta Ar70 (SC-70)
  • Colt AR-15
  • Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, and FNC
  • SWD M-10, M-11, M-11/9, and M-12
  • Steyr AUG
  • INTRATEC TEC-9, TEC-DC9 and TEC-22
  • revolving cylinder shotguns, such as (or similar to) the Street Sweeper and Striker
Assault weapons does not include:
  • any rifle, shotgun or pistol that: is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action; or has been rendered permanently inoperable
  • An antique firearm as defined under federal law
  • A semiautomatic rifle that cannot accept a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds of ammunition
  • A semiautomatic shotgun that cannot hold more than five rounds of ammunition in a fixed or detachable magazine
  • A rifle, shotgun or pistol, or a replica or a duplicate thereof, specifically exempted from the federal assault weapon ban list as such weapon was manufactured on October 1, 1993
  • “Large capacity ammunition feeding device” means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device, manufactured after September 13, 1994, that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than ten rounds of ammunition. There is an exception for an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.

CAUTION:

Firearm laws are subject to frequent change and court interpretation. This summary is not intended as legal advice or restatement of law. This summary does not include federal or local laws, ordinances or regulations. For any particular situation, a licensed local attorney must be consulted for an accurate interpretation.

YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL.