The AR-15 is not an Assault Rifle

An assault rifle needs to hit the mark on three different characteristics.

An Assault Rifle Has Selective Fire
That means that the user can toggle between at least two settings, semiautomatic and automatic. The AR-15 is a gas powered semiautomatic rifle — meaning one pull of the trigger corresponds to only one round being fired. In contrast, the M-16 and sometimes the M4, which are the United States military’s small arms rifle of choice, do fire automatically. The M-16 and M4 also allow a three-round burst option which is also not possible on an AR-15.

An Assault Rifle Fires an Intermediate Cartridge
An intermediate cartridge is less powerful than standard full power battle rifle cartridges, but is still more powerful than common pistol rounds. The 5.56 NATO round used in the M-16 is an intermediate cartridge; so is the .223, used in the AR-15.

An Assault Rifle Will Have a Detachable Magazine
The AR-15, like the M-16 and the M4, have detachable magazines. However, virtually every modern firearm uses detachable magazines — including many bolt action rifles.

The AR-15 is NOT and assault weapon or assault rifle.

WHEREAS: The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly states "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed;"

WHEREAS: H.R. 1808 bans the sale, manufacture, and transfer of hundreds of the most commonly owned semi-auto firearms, which number in at least the tens of millions; and

WHEREAS: This bill bans magazines that hold over 10 rounds, rifles with detachable magazines, and firearms with just one cosmetic feature such as a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a telescoping stock, etc.;

THEREFORE: H.R. 1808 clearly infringes on the right to keep and bear arms, and as your constituent, I urge you to oppose this dangerous bill immediately.