1. Unless it's fully automatic, it is NOT an assualt weapon. 2. What's the difference between a 30-round semi-automatic rifle and 4 semi-auto pistols with 9-round clips. We don't 'need' so-called assualt weapons like we don't 'need' golf clubs and tennis rackets, GameBoys and 'cop-killer' rap music. However, some of us hold down jobs, contribute to society, and have no arrest records and choose to shoot for the same entertainment that golfers and tennis players enjoy.