101 Reasons Why You NEED an “Assault Weapon”

By Evan F. Nappen, Attorney at Law

I survived the assault weapon ban
101 Reasons Why You NEED an “Assault Weapon”

Eatontown, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)-  When I was Counsel to the NJ Coalition of Sportsman I wrote this piece for the April 1991 issue of THE GUARDIAN which was the group’s newsletter.

It was later published by Harper’s magazine. Here is an updated version as the issue is being pushed again by the blood dancing anti-gunners.

A question we are all tired of hearing in the so-called “debate” over so-called “assault weapons” is, “why does anybody need one?” Here is the answer once and for all.

You need an assault weapon—

  • 1. to help continue the American tradition of citizen/soldier.
  • 2. for recreation.
  • 3. to collect military small arms.
  • 4. to get quick extra shots at more game while hunting.
  • 5. to get quick extra shots at the same game while hunting.
  • 6. for more fun plinking.
  • 7. to defend yourself against a street gang.
  • 8. to defend yourself against mob violence.
  • 9. to defend yourself against looters.
  • 10. to shoot in a Civilian Marksmanship Program competition.
  • 11. to shoot in an “Action Rifle” or “Practical Rifle” target match.
  • 12. to assist the police in an emergency (e.g. 1966 Texas Tower Sniper incident, citizens assisted with M1’s).
  • 13. to help defend the country from a foreign invasion.
  • 14. to help defend the country from an internal takeover.
  • 15. to help the firearms industry remain economically strong.
  • 16. to pay the federal tax on guns that goes to aid wildlife.
  • 17. to encourage further research into new firearm technology.
  • 18. to save time while shooting.
  • 19. to have increased reliability in functioning.
  • 20. to have a longer-lasting firearm.
  • 21. to have a less costly/ more affordable firearm.
  • 22. to have an easier to manufacture firearm.
  • 23. to have an easier to repair firearm.
  • 24. to have an easier to take apart and clean firearm.
  • 25. to have a more versatile firearm.
  • 26. to own a highly weather-resistant firearm.
  • 27. to appreciate the evolution of firearm technology.
  • 28. to defend your business.
  • 29. to defend your home.
  • 30. to defend your boat.
  • 31. to defend your camp.
  • 32. to defend your ranch.
  • 33. to defend your farm.
  • 34. to defend your family.
  • 35. to have reduced recoil when shooting.
  • 36. as an investment.
  • 37. as a military souvenir.
  • 38. as a hedge against inflation.
  • 39. because criminals statistically prefer revolvers over all other firearms.
  • 40. to have a more psychologically intimidating firearm. (often the mere presence of a firearm will stop a crime)
  • 41. to own a firearm least likely to be used in a crime. (less than 1% are assault firearms.)
  • 42. to own a firearm that purposely functions slower than other firearms thereby reducing recoil. (e.g. Remington 1100.)
  • 43. to own a firearm used in Olympic competition.
  • 44. to appreciate the mechanical genius of firearm designers.
  • 45. to have a firearm which uses external magazines.
  • 46. to shoot at the National Matches at Camp Perry.
  • 47. to reject anti-gun bias.
  • 48. to challenge “Big Brotherism”.
  • 49. to protect yourself against a pack of feral dogs.
  • 50. to own a firearm better for the physically handicapped.
  • 51. to save all firearms by not giving in to “salami” tactics.
  • 52. to do trick shooting (e.g. multiple aerial targets).
  • 53. to shoot military ammunition. (Inexpensive surplus)
  • 54. to be part of an armed populous, creating a tactical disadvantage for any potential enemies.
  • 55. to familiarize yourself with your country’s military rifle.
  • 56. to familiarize yourself with a foreign country’s military rifle.
  • 57. because they are interesting.
  • 58. to hang on your wall.
  • 59. to shoot clay targets.
  • 60. to shoot paper targets.
  • 61. to shoot Metallic Silhouettes.
  • 62. to exercise your constitutional rights.
  • 63. to exercise a natural right.
  • 64. to exercise a civil right.
  • 65. to exercise a fundamental right.
  • 66. to exercise an inalienable right.
  • 67. to exercise a human right.
  • 68. to defend yourself after a New York City-type blackout.
  • 69. to defend yourself against a Miami-type riot.
  • 70. to defend yourself after a St. Croix-type hurricane in which both officers and escaped prisoners have run amok.
  • 71. to avoid a “Tiananmen Square” in the U.S.
  • 72. to own a firearm in common use and therefore protected under the Heller decision.
  • 73. to protect livestock from predators.
  • 74. to show support for political ideals of the founding fathers.
  • 75. to own a firearm designed to wound rather than kill (according to the Dir. Of the Wound Ballistics Laboratory).
  • 76. to own a firearm not readily convertible to full automatic.
  • 77. to own a firearm with that “shoulder thingy that goes up.”
  • 78. to own a “state-of-the-art” firearm (e.g. FN SCAR).
  • 79. to own a “turn-of-the-century” firearm (e.g. Borchardt).
  • 80. which is more pleasant to shoot (lighter and less recoil).
  • 81. because all of your other firearms will be banned next.
  • 82. to own a firearm which is difficult to conceal.
  • 83. to own a firearm which the media glamorizes.
  • 84. to own a firearm which might be banned.
  • 85. to own a firearm which is banned.
  • 86. to own a firearm that is no-frills and practical in design.
  • 87. to own on of the most mechanically-safe firearms. (e.g. Uzi).
  • 88. to own a firearm that is a “work of art”.
  • 89. to own a Valmet M-76 which the BATF says has no sporting use.
  • 90. to own a Valmet Hunter which the BATF says has sporting use.
  • 91. to own a firearm that made history (e.g. M-1 Carbine).
  • 92. to shoot a firearm that made history.
  • 93. to own a firearm that can be dropped and still function.
  • 94. to own a firearm that can be coated in mud and still function.
  • 95. to own a firearm that can be dunked in water and function.
  • 96. to own a firearm that can be frozen solid and still function.
  • 97. to own a firearm that can be buried in sand and still function.
  • 98. to be a prepared member of the unorganized militia as defined in the US Code (10 US Code Sect. 311 (a)).
  • 99. to distinguish between an object and its misuse.
  • 100. because you believe in freedom.
  • 101.if YOU say you need one. In America, an individual’s need should not be determined by the state. There are approximately 100 million firearm owners in the country. That’s 100 million more reasons for owning any firearm.

About Evan Nappen

Evan Nappen (www.EvanNappen.com) is a criminal defense attorney who has focused on New Jersey firearms and weapons law for over 23 years. He is the author of the New Jersey Gun Law Guide. Visit his website at www.EvanNappen.com

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john farabaugh

Many of you obviously miss a lot of his point. It doesn’t have to be a need. When did we become a country of only buying based on our needs? Should we give you a new list of things we have we don’t really need? Do you now want to start taking away honest good americans rights to buy and have what they desire? Where to we stop? You don’t need a Mercedes? A yacht? Rated r movies? ….what do we really need? Good citizens should decide..right? It my right to have and buy an AR-15 to use for target… Read more »

The Utah man

I like how every time the negative facts are pointed out to gun nuts, they start calling names and saying your a liberal. I always like the “defend myself from government take over”. Really? Have you seen what they have. Your weapon is not going to win no matter what it is. Nothing on this so called list is of any value. The question I want answered is “how many crimes have been prevented by owning an automatic military type weapon?” I support the owning all gun type weapons except military. You may be responsible and everyone you know may… Read more »


These reasons make no sense at all. Mainly, you own an Assault Rifle because it’s your toy. A very dangerous toy. Your reasons are not backed up by anything. Let’s just look at 2 of your reasons. 7. to defend yourself against a street gang. For an assault rifle to be any good you would have to carry it around with you all the time. Which is illegal. If a gang assaults you on the street. What are you going to do, go home and get your rifle, go to your car and get it? Well, even if it’s in… Read more »

The Right Side

All of these are “wants”. You have not given any real facts or information here. You haven’t done research. Therefore, you are wrong 😉

William Johnson

To those who’ve expressed the opinion that this list makes no sense, they are either lace pantie liberals or brain dead!


A lot of “Wants” have been listed here. I don’t see any real “needs.” You left out
a reason, here it is: An American citizen should be able to go out and mass murder as
many adults and children in as few seconds as possible. It’s inconvenient to use low
capacity weapons such as handguns in order to murder a large number of people in
just a few minutes.

Wild Bill

@Sally, it is not up to you to decide for me what is need and what is want. I need to defend my life from totalitarian government, criminals, the AntiCivil Rights Movement, or Sallys that would take my life is the exact equivalent of I want to defend my life from totalitarian government, criminals, the AntiCivil Rights Movement, or Sallys. I decide. The founding fathers saw it this way, and I have adopted their view.


#15 is the only one that makes any sense.


Still waiting for one VALID reason. Wake us up if you think of one.


Yeah…..what Bobby here said…..nice creativity…way to step out of the box………..WAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY OUT of the box …….of reasonability and rational thought…. kidding….. somewhat …..can’t deny the creativity though…….

Goo’ Ruck…..


I hope people aren’t so naive to thank that sandy wasn’t an acted out, played out, false flag.


Its so amusing to see the Libs crying about the rights they want to take away from everyone. They seem awfully eager to lay down, and submit themselves to any government that promises to make them safer. It's too bad that gun bans have proven to do absolutely nothing to make anyone safer from criminals wielding illegal weapons. If laws could help then Chicago would be as safe as DisneyWorld. Even more amusing is the way in which they stomp their feet and scream and curse when they don't get their way. What ever happened to adults having a mature… Read more »


Have as many guns as you’d like ….gun yourself to the hilt….a saying I’ve heard when one wants to let someone know they should load themselves up to load up on as much or more product as they could possibly handle…goes like this….”gun yourself ….gun yourself to death” …not to be taken literally. And yet there still lies one more question: who really needs an automatic assault rifle….you’re right…most criminals do not use assault rifles…just the mass murderous ones…that’s where the problem lies. Other than those….and I’m not suggesting people can’t have them…just should be harder, if not impossible, for… Read more »


what if I told you it was already very difficult and extremely expensive to legally get an automatic rifle (“assault” or otherwise), and it’s been illegal to make them for civilian sales for over 30 years?

Wild Bill

@ELS, Other than the fact that ” an automatic assault rifle” cost thousands of dollars, is subject to a special tax, you will never even see one out side of a federally owned museum, a company that rents them to Hollywood, or the military, ” an automatic assault rifle” is already hard if not impossible to get.. Oh, and it is not your place to decide for me what I need.



I appreciate your passion. Please consider a little history: legitimately elected government officials once passed an act that allowed a certain chancellor(who had been appointed by a legimately elected president)to exercise dictatorial power without legal objection. The year was 1933, the act was the Enabling Act, and the president was Paul von Hindenburg. Oh and the chancellor was a man named Adolph Hitler.


Over the last year I've given this question a lot of thought and done a lot of research regarding violent crime, home invasions and the like and for me it boils down to one simple reason: it sucks to run out of ammo before the bad guy does.


The leftwing nutjobs posting on this thread is reason enough.