I would like to reply to the recent letter from Miles Gray of Belfast, “Tax assault weapons.”
First, I would like to clarify what an assault weapon is. Is my semiautomatic rifle with a five-shot magazine considered an assault weapon or my favorite hunting rifle for the last 40 years? True assault weapons are mortars, artillery guns and fully automatic guns. Semi-automatic rifles, regardless of their looks, are not assault weapons. If hunters and shooters choose to hunt or target-shoot with them it is no different than choosing to hunt or target practice with a single-shot rifle.
I am a lifelong Republican who truly supports gun ownership.
Last, if Mr. Gray doesn’t know, guns of all shapes and sizes and the ammunition we shoot already are taxed.