Senator Tom Udall 110 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC, 20510 Dear Senator Udall: Please oppose any legislation that would ban "assault weapons" and/or ban "large-capacity magazines." The term "assault weapon" is being misused to defame U.S. citizens who own civilian-use rifles like the AR-15. The term is completely inaccurate. The AR-15 is NOT an "assault weapon" by definition of the United States Defense Department's Defense Intelligence Agency book "Small Arms Identification and Operation Guide." That document explains that "assault rifles" are "short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power between submachine gun and rifle cartridges." In other words, assault rifles are battlefield rifles which can fire automatically. Many civilians have purchased semiautomatic-only rifles that look like military assault rifles. These civilian rifles are, unlike actual assault rifles, incapable of automatic fire. The civilian AR-15 and AK-47 fire only one bullet per trigger pull. They are not automatic. A shotgun is a much more lethal weapon because of its wide spread of fire and easy-reload pump-action. Why is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking more than 7,000 AR-15s and matching 30-round clips "suitable for personal defense use in close quarters." What is the DHS saying, that its employees can defend their homes and families with "assault weapons" and "large-capacity magazines" but the rest of American citizens cannot? Are government employees more important than the citizens they represent? You can see DHS request for proposal to order the 7,000 AR-15s and matching 30-round clips here: https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=d791b6aa0fd9d3d8833b2efa08300033&ta b=core&_cview=0 Why is President Obama making public appearances shooting a shotgun which is a weapon more dangerous than any "assault weapon?" Please oppose President Obama's, Senator Diane Feinstein's, and others' attempts to violate the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment. Thanks for your time and consideration. Sincerely,


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