The assault rifle is under assault again, despite its minimal actual involvement in heinous domestic crime. I think I know why it's targeted: it's got a hellacious moniker which actually traces back to Adolf Hitler. He named the novel weapon das Sturmgewehr (the assault rifle). The original assault rifle had the defining characteristics: light weight, medium cartridge size, & short range. The original Sturmgewehr was both semi- and fully automatic.
Here's a short video on the history of das Sturmgewehr:
Automatic weapons are illegal in most states. Not in Nevada. I fired a Thompson (Tommy gun) in Las Vegas and my son shot an MP5 last year.