“Is This An Assault Rifle, Or Just A Regular Old Gun?”

We’ve gotten some questions about which guns will be considered “assault weapons” (eligible for up to $200 in gift cards, given out at SPD’s discretion) at this month’s gun buyback on January 26th. 

While the state doesn’t have anything on the books defining “assault weapons”, here’s what our in-house gun experts came up with for the purposes of the gun buyback:

  1. A semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least 2 of the following:
    1. A folding or telescoping stock
    2. A pistol grip that protrudes beneath the action of the weapon
    3. A bayonet mount
    4. A flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor
    5. A grenade launcher
  1.  A semiautomatic pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least 2 of the following:
    1. An ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip
    2. A threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer
    3. A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the non-trigger hand without being burned
    4. A manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded
  1. A semiautomatic shotgun that has at least 2 of the following:
    1. A folding or telescoping stock
    2. A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon
    3. A fixed magazine capacity in excess of 5 rounds
    4. An ability to accept a detachable magazine

If you’re unsure whether or not one of your guns is an assault weapon, that’s OK. We’ll have on-site SPD experts at the ready during the buyback to help out. Just remember: be careful, and handle all firearms as if they were loaded.

In case you’re wondering, click here to find out what’s going to happen to all those guns.