SA gun owners react to President's call for assault weapons ban

KSAT asks gun experts for clarification on definition

Author: John Honore, Meteorologist, jhonore@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 16 2013 04:46:14 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 16 2013 05:43:31 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

What is an assault weapon? It depends on who you ask.

Even if you ask experienced gun owners, you are bound to get all sorts of different answers.

"Assault weapons would be like what the military uses," said Jason Critchley, of San Antonio, who was shopping at Dury's Gun Shop this morning. "Your fully-automated machine guns, but semi-automatic weapons. I don't consider that an assault weapon."

Many people think they know what an assault weapon is just by looking at it, but there are some very specific features that a rifle needs to fit the definition.

"It's a pistol grip, semi-automatic, with a bayonet lug, and a flash suppressor," said Gerald Rutkowski, CEO of Dury's Gun Shop.

At least that was the definition under the last assault weapons ban.

"You could have a semi-automatic that doesn't have those features and its not considered one and yet you can shoot virtually as fast and do the same things," Rutkowski.

That has many worried that new legislation could ban even more weapons, and that has guns flying off the shelves at Dury's.

"If you look at the racks all of the guns are gone. Everybody is in a frantic mode. Whether they want it or not -- business is good," said Dury's shopper Douglas Parker, of Natalia.

None of the patrons at Dury's Wednesday morning thought any ban would lead to less mass-shootings.

"Its not a military-style weapon. Its its just political words to get stuff through. Make it look like they are doing something, " said Cory McCrae of San Antonio, who was shopping at Dury's his morning.