It was jackassery from start to finish. This is how they defined an assault rifle.
Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
- Folding or telescoping stock
- Pistol grip
- Bayonet mount
- Flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one
- Grenade launcher (more precisely, a muzzle device which enables the launching or firing of rifle grenades)
Based on that definition. This was an illegal assault weapon.
And this was a legal rifle.
No flash suppressor and no bayonet lug. Functionally the same in every other way.
If it wasn’t so damned annoying, it would have been comical.