An Open Discussion to Differentiate "AR-15" and Assault Rifle

February 21, 2018 08:47 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Assault weapons have taken center stage in light of the recent mass shooting involving an AR-15. The interchangeable use of AR-15 and assault rifles have caused confusion as to what kind of weapon was involved in the recent mass shooting, as well as many other mass shootings.

ABC 6 furthered the discussion by focusing on the difference between "AR" and automatic or assault rifles. The name itself is misleading as "AR" stands for Armalite rifle, which is the brand name.


The main difference between the rifle that was used in the recent shooting and an automatic rifle is the cycling of ammunition.

Gary Schoenmann is the owner of American Gunsmith in Rochester. 

"You have to pull the trigger each time to fire it," said Schoenmann. "It only shoots one bullet at a time, whereas a fully automatic, you would pull the trigger and as long as you pull, it's cycling ammunition."

He also said, "If you have ten shots and pull the trigger, then you have ten shots as one."


Vivien Tran

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