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Five Assault Weapons You Can Pick up at Walmart [PHOTOS]

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Sharon Frankel

New York City

Dec 23 2012 - 7:34pm

Five Assault Weapons You Can Pick up at Walmart

Semantics

Your article lists five firearms as assault rifles. Let us review the definition of an “assault rifle”: a military rifle capable of both automatic and semiautomatic fire, utilizing an intermediate-power cartridge.

Bushmaster M4A3
Not capable of automatic fire.
Not an assault rifle.

Sig Sauer M400
Not capable of automatic fire.
Not an assault rifle.

Colt OPs .22 rifle
Not capable of automatic fire.
Doesn’t fire an intermediate cartridge (.22LR is far weaker than common pistol cartridges).
Not an assault rifle.

Colt LE6920
Not capable of automatic fire.
Not an assault rifle.

S&W M&P1522
Not capable of automatic fire.
Doesn’t fire an intermediate cartridge (.22LR is far weaker than common pistol cartridges).
Not an assault rifle.

Remington 870 Express
Not capable of automatic fire.
Not capable of semiautomatic fire.
Doesn’t fire an intermediate cartridge (12-gauge is usually more energetic than such cartrdiges).
This firearm is not even a rifle, let alone an assault rifle.

I would also note that none of these weapons are military weapons. In the interest of journalistic accuracy, I ask that you not report on that which you do not know. Otherwise, you would needlessly spread misinformation.

Montross Williams

Atlanta

Dec 19 2012 - 1:20am

Five Assault Weapons You Can Pick up at Walmart

Guns, Walmart and US Customs

Yes, indeed, the largest importer in the United States provides weapons at great prices! But here is what makes this particularly upsetting: they are a partner with the DHS division of US Customs. A government agency, The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, has oversight of this largest importer into the United States, and not only that, [you will see s slideshow?] of the terms and conditions that Walmart must observe to be this partner. If you apply for a job at Walmart, your application will be vetted. You will have that application and your information reviewed, by terms and conditions of their partnership, by this division of DHS. They do not tell you this connection. You apply instore at a computer, and then when you are invited in, you are told that they might do a background check. But of course, if this is a contractual agreement, it would seem that has done before you are invited in for the interview. I just wanted to mention this because if Walmart is supplying these kinds of weapons, so is DHS. They are the partner. It would be interesting to learn how the applications for weapons are handled, who handles them etc.

Barbara Brandt

USA

Dec 18 2012 - 7:05pm