I’ve heard the term “automatic” used to describe semi-automatic pistols, but this one Pennsylvania dealer seems to have the nomenclature a bit off:
“Sales have been booming since then,” she said. “People were scared the government would re-establish the ban on automatic weapons. Our sales went up 30 percent. People are buying automatic guns, revolvers and handguns. We also sell collectible guns.”
I hold out the possibility that the dealer said semi-automatic, and the reporter heard automatic.Â Either way, I wish the ban on automatic weapons had to be re-established, because it would imply that it lapsed, but sadly it’s been in full effect since 1986.