Behold! The AR-15. Inspiring the military M-16, the AR-15 is a semi-automatic assault rifle well known to American shooters looking to pack firepower beyond the basic deer gun.
Assault weapons are guns designed for rapid fire at human targets from a close range. They're completely legal in the United States, but it wasn't always that way.
In 1994 the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was passed. One of the provisions was the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. It outlawed semi automatic rifles, pistols and shotguns that use a detachable magazine and that have any two of the following attributes: a folding or telescopic stock, a pistol grip, a bayonet mount, a threaded barrel or flash suppressor, and a grenade launcher.
The ban lapsed in 2004 as part of its sunset provision. Since then, no replacement bill has made it out of Congressional committee.
According to Gun Policy News, in the United States over the past decade there has been an average of 9,470 gun homicides per year.
Every country has its own laws and restrictions regarding guns.
Click through for 10 nations that have the closest thing to a complete assault weapons ban, and see the most harmful gun legally available for sale there.
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