Fox News Host: ‘Assault Weapon’ Is A ‘Made-Up Term’

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Saturday claimed that “assault weapon” is not a real term.

During “Fox and Friends,” Carlson interviewed the owner of a New York gun store that sold customers modified assault weapons.

Joseph Palumbo, owner of the Albion Gun Shop, thought that the modified AR-15s were legal, but the guns violated the state’s SAFE Act.

While Palumbo was discussing that police came into his store to ask for his gun sale records, Carlson jumped in with a clarification for viewers.

“We should be clear for our viewers that ‘assault weapon’ is a made-up term, and there really is no such thing as an assault weapon,” he said.

“Assault weapon” is a legal term used to classify semi-automatic weapons with specific features.

As the Raw Story noted, some conservatives argue that the “assault weapon” term isn’t real because it is complicated in what it includes.

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  1. This is like the argument that gun fondlers trot out whenever there’s a discussion about restricting firearm possession. They try to get you wrapped around the axle by arguing about the definition of “assault weapon” or “handgun.”

    My response is a simple one. “Well, I guess if we can’t come up with a definition that’s precise enough to satisfy you, we’ll just have to get rid of all the guns. If it fires a bullet, you can’t have it.”

  2. The outrage! Federal agents actually want to see the records of a gun shop owner who admitted that he sold banned weapons after he got caught red handed! Next thing you know, these jack-booted thugs will arrest people charged with violent crimes!

  3. Sissy Boy does have a point: “Assault weapon” is a made-up term in the same way that EVERY WORD IN ANY LANGUAGE HAD TO “MADE UP” AT ONE TIME.

  4. If the damned thing was designed for combat, how can you call it anything else? What there is no such thing as is a knowledgeable FOX noise talking head.

  5. There’s really no such thing as a “fair and balanced” commentator on FOX News.

    The average citizen has no need of fully or semi-automatic rifles for self-defense, nor for weapons using extended magazines. And if you need such a rifle for the purpose of hunting, well … it really doesn’t speak highly of your skill as a hunter.

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