The difference between automatic and semi-automatic weapons

Police have yet to describe in detail the weapon or weapons used in the Las Vegas shooting Oct. 1, 2017. At PolitiFact, we won’t speculate and will update this post as we learn more. But the shooting, where more than 50 people were killed and more than 500 injured, has again highlighted a distinction about firearms that is important to know: the difference between automatic and semi-automatic rifles. What’s the difference? In simplest terms, "semi-automatic" refers to any firearm designed to fire one bullet with one trigger squeeze, then automatically reload the chamber with a cartridge from a magazine and … >>More stories from National


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