Buying Semi-Automatic Weapons

, Posted: Wed, December 12 2012 at 11:33 PM, Updated: Thu, December 13 2012 at 9:47 PM

All of the events from Tuesday's Portland mall shooting have again brought the discussion of gun violence and gun control front and center yet again.  Tonight we ask the question why are these assault rifles on the streets and how easy are they to get?

The weapon of choice for suspected Portland mall shooter, Jacob Tyler Roberts, was an AR-15, a highly accurate, semi-automatic weapon, a similar version of which is even being used by the military in Afghanistan.  But what practical purpose does it serve in suburbia?  NBC5's Laura  Cavanaugh went to the experts to find out.

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