Merriam-Webster Dictionary Quietly Changed The Definition Of “Assault Rifle”

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There aren’t many words or phrases more misused than “assault rifle.” Unfortunately for educated gun owners, the term now means exactly what gun-control advocates think it means.

That’s right, Merriam-Webster has updated the term to fit the anti-gun lobby’s agenda.

As of 2018, an “assault rifle” is now defined as:

noun: any of various intermediate-range, magazine-fed military rifles (such as the AK-47) that can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire; also : a rifle that resembles a military assault rifle but is designed to allow only semiautomatic fire.”

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The Federalist checked a cached page on Merriam-Webster’s website from June 31, 2016. The previous definition read,

noun: any of various automatic or semiautomatic rifles with large capacity magazines designed for military use.

It just goes to show that if enough people use the wrong term long enough, the powers at be will just change the definition of the term. According to Merriam-Webster, if it looks like an assault rifle, it’s an assault rifle.