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Federal Judge Roger Benitez’s overturning of California’s 32-year assault weapons ban has brought the debate to the media limelight all over again, giving both sides of the argument new occasion to aggravate each other.

While I’m thrilled about this step in the right direction for California, the issue is far from over and we should probably hang back and wait for the appeals court to do its thing before celebrating too hard.

Until then though, let’s quickly discuss a small sub argument being had in the background of this larger debate.

In recent years, as the term “assault rifle” was relentlessly demonized by the media and anti-gun groups, those in the firearms industry started to employ the term “modern sporting rifle.”
Naturally, use of this term only further angered anti-second amendment groups because they felt it was a blatant attempt to steer the conversation away from gun violence issues.

Maybe it was a strategic move on the industry’s part to move the conversation in a more positive direction. Semantics do matter after all. However, no matter the industry’s motivation for renaming the 21st Century’s favorite firearm, there is no doubt that “modern sporting rifle” is a true and honest term to describe the AR-15, AK-47, G3 and all their cool cousins.

In comparison to their heavy framed, wooden stock, iron sight grandfathers, AR-15s are undoubtedly “modern.” Attend any formal shooting sports competition across the country and you’ll find a truckload of gorgeous, customized AR-15s — making it a “sporting rifle” as well. Some states even allow hunters to use ARs in the field. Thus, ARs are indeed the “modern sporting rifle.”

And there’s good reason for the AR’s takeover in modern shooting sports. They’re the little black dress of rifles – fit for all occasions and well suited for a variety of shooters. They’re lightweight, compact, accurate, tons of fun to shoot and easily customized to a shooter’s unique needs and preferences.

As the California ruling continues to spur discussion, it remains more important than ever for shooting enthusiasts to articulately and accurately define the terms of this important national debate.

Grace Boatright

Grace Boatright is a professional firearms safety instructor and second amendment advocate based in Alexandria, Virginia. A 7th-generation Texan, Grace has over 20 years of firearms experience and over 10 years of experience working in Washington D.C.’s government affairs community. She teaches firearms and range safety, concealed handgun permit, and skill improvement courses on a weekly basis to a diverse group of students, both adult and youth.

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BrewDubbs
BrewDubbs
10 days ago

Unfortunately, that is “an opinion” and opinions can change. Or someone with a different opinion could com into a position of authority.

The fact that the second amendment so clearly states, “…shall not be infringed” and the entire reason for having the second amendment MUST BE HARD AND FAST stated in EVERY square inch of America.

CKR
CKR
10 days ago

Please STOP referring to the AR as an assault weapon… All you do is validate their terms.

Jamey
Jamey
10 days ago

The AR-15 is NOT an assault rifle!! Period!!! All our “legal” assault rifles are military property, such as the M-16. For any rifle to be an assault rifle it MUST be able to fire full automatic. The M-16 can; the AR-15 cannot. End of story – and the liberals can go to hell!

Rick
Rick
9 days ago
Reply to  Jamey

The Nomenclature is actually A malite, R ifle…. assault rifles have more going than select fire modes…. they must have a bayonet Lug, Sling, field cleaning kit, be rugged, hell mine had a fork knife and spoon in the butt-stock, Flash suppressor, better sights, Better barrel cooling, Forward assist, (Civvies don’t need that they have time to clean their shit)

Rick
Rick
9 days ago
Reply to  Rick

Armalite Rifle.

Rick
Rick
9 days ago
Reply to  Rick

Armalite Rifle

Rick
Rick
9 days ago
Reply to  Rick

ARMALITE RIFLE, back in the Dinosaur days, we called it the Hasbro, or the Matty-Mattel, and for a while many folks Tracked Down -14’s so they didn’t have to carry that “thing”, after the bugs were gone it became a bit more popular.

Good luck
10 days ago

In the first place, they are NOT ASSAULT weapons . They are Semi-Auto rifle and my deer rifle shoots the same way. These rifles just look different. The Media has named them Assault weapons and it is really the wrong term . This rifle is just a Modern Day sport rifle , shoots the same way my old Rem. Model 100 rifle shoots. Does anybody think that more gun laws will stop the bad guy from using that type of gun. Do you know that more people are killed with a pistol than a rifle, Do also know that more people die from Drugs than guns , do you know that more people are killed in a Car accident than by a gun. The list is longer, but i will not list them all. Just to let you know taking your guns away is how Hitler started . 57 Executive Orders by Biden is how a dictator is born and how Hitler became who he was.

Jack
10 days ago

Assault rifles are automatic weapons not semi ones !

Gideon Rockwell
Gideon Rockwell
10 days ago

Assault Rifle is a dog whistle created by the Democrats and the Media Propaganda Wing to demonize a whole class of sporting firearms. Every firearm has it’s beginnings as military arms. These arms have the durability and at the same time accuracy Hunter’s and shooting sports people require of their arms. They are also the arms best suited for defensive purposes, which is every person’s GOD Given Right. The AR Platform in particular is one of the most popular sporting and defensive arms on the market today. It has taken the place of the 94 Winchester and 336 Marlin as the family utility arm of the 21st Century.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
10 days ago

To be termed an “Assault Rifle,” the weapo n must be capable of Selective Fire, and there’s where the Civilian versions fall short of the legal definitions. It’s not semantics, it’s a completely different cycle of function.

Rick
Rick
9 days ago

while in the military I found those things to be an absolute necessity….. In The Field…. many years later now and I find those things again are an absolute necessity…. Hogs And Coyotes are taking lessons from Antifa and BLM and running in riots….and vehicle gun racks in Tractors have become a thing…. at least if you want to get some sport shooting done while working and planting/harvesting/spraying/mending fences/surveying the crops…. Targets of Opportunity ? Target rich environment…. we got hogs…. we got Coyotes….We have Deer in the proper season…. Then we have the dumped DOMESTIC ANIMALS…. This Ain’t A Disney movie…. Dogs don’t know how to hunt…. they attack sheep and in some cases Cows…. They are starving and there is no REPOSITORY or RESPITE for them…. when they get into the Sheep pasture then they get a sudden case of lead poisoning…. But the point is that “Self loading Rifles” have become a Necessity, thanks to some CLOWN hugging trees in Kalifornia, Or some BAG in congress releasing prisoners…. or some asshole in portland, RIOTING, BURNING, LOOTING…. BAGS DEFUNDING THE POLICE…. would I carry one in Town ?…. probably not !…. Hell, my old cap and ball is more than enough…. Six shots !

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