I don’t agree with everything in the AP Stylebook, but I think this guidance is sound (and I think it’s generally useful for prominent media organizations to offer such suggestions to writers):
The Stylebook’s weapons entry offers guidance on terms including semi-automatic rifle, assault rifle, assault weapon, military-style rifle and modern sporting rifle. pic.twitter.com/RvNrZp1lu2
— APStylebook (@APStylebook) July 13, 2022
Thanks to Alan Gottlieb (Second Amendment Foundation) for pointing this out.