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Associated Press Continues to Embrace “Assault Rifle” Terminology

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Associated Press Continues to Embrace “Assault Rifle” Terminology

Despite being purposefully misleading and politically driven, the terms “assault rifle” and “assault weapon” used when referring to modern sporting arms primarily built on the AR platform continue to be included in the official vernacular of the world’s oldest and largest newsgathering organization, the Associated Press.

Updates and revisions made to the AP Stylebook this week regarding firearms and weapons terminology include a detailed description of what the journalistic organization considers standard usage for newspaper and electronic media editors and reporters.

The AP Stylebook was created in 1953 and continues to be the go-to guide outlining grammar, writing style and word choice for working journalists—and journalism schools—across the country and around the world.

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