Assault weapons used to be illegal. What happened?
February 15, 2018 at 4:30PM
Nikolas Cruz, the suspect charged in yesterday’s mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 dead, was reportedly armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, a category of weapon that should be—and once was—banned in the United States. In 2016, after a similar rifle was used in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, we took a quick look at what had happened to the ban. All of the NRA-endorsed congressional representatives named in the resulting post are still in office: