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NCJ Number: 149667 Find in a Library
Title: Assault Weapons and Accessories in America
Author(s): J Sugarmann
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 45
Sponsoring Agency: Violence Policy Ctr
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Violence Policy Ctr
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Suite 1014
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United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Assault weapons are growing in popularity, and the assault weapons threat is exacerbated by the fact that the weapons are difficult to define in legal terms.
Abstract: No exact figures are available on the number of assault weapons in civilian hands or on the number of violent incidents involving assault weapons. Nonetheless, police, government, and handgun restriction organizations agree that the sale and misuse of assault weapons have escalated dramatically during the 1980's. Because of their ease of purchase, effectiveness, convertibility, and mystique, assault weapons have become increasingly popular among people involved in the drug trade. In addition, certain paramilitary organizations use assault weapons, including the Posse Comitatus, the Aryan Nations, and the Order. Many assault weapons, such as the AR-15A2, the M100P carbine, the Ruger Mini-14, the Street Sweeper, and the UZI carbine, can be purchased as standard long guns by virtually anyone who is willing to lie on the purchase form. The marketing of assault weapons is largely due to the slump in handgun sales that has occurred since 1982. Problems created by assault weapon look-alikes, such as air and toy guns, are discussed. The growth in publications dedicated to the nonsporting use of firearms is examined, as well as assault weapon accessories, paramilitary training camps and combat schools, and the debate over assault weapon control. Assault weapons of choice and specific firearm categories are described in appendixes. 149 footnotes
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Assault weapons; Gun Control; Handguns; Violence prevention
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