Many people are claiming a semi-automatic rifle was not used in the Sandy Hook Massacre? Is this true, was a semi-automatic rifle used in the Sandy Hook massacre?

NBC citing "federal officials, and state officials" the day after the shooting (Dec 15):

"There were actually four handguns recovered inside the school not just two as we were initially told. Four handguns. And, aparently only handguns. [...] We knew that Adam Lanza, the man said to be the gunman here, also had an assault style AR-15 style rifle that he had taken to the school that was in the car he drove there -- his mother's car. But, we've been told by several officials that he left that in the car."

Further, the MSNBC video shows the cops finding a long gun in the trunk of his mother's car loaded.

  • It could have been a sport version of an assault rifle. eg in most european countries where war weapons such as assault rifles rifles are banned or strictly controled, there are limited guns (for example which can only fire 5 bullets in a row) for a wider sport use.
    – Yves
    Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 13:19

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The Connecticut State Police have just released a statement to settle the matter. They confirm what the media has been reporting since the dust of confusion settled the day after the event:

Seized inside the school:

#1. Bushmaster .223 caliber-- model XM15-E2S rifle with high capacity 30 round clips

#2. Glock 10 mm handgun

#3. Sig-Sauer P226 9mm handgun

Seized from suspect’s car in parking lot:

#4. Izhmash Canta-12 12 gauge Shotgun (seized from car in parking lot)

The Bushmaster XM15 is a semi-automatic rifle based on the AR-15 design that Armalite sold to Colt

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    For those of us not familiar with guns, is the bushmaster a semi-automatic rifle?
    – matt_black
    Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 16:13
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    The Bushmaster XM15 is a semi-automatic assault rifle based on the AR-15 design that Armalite sold to Colt. Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 16:37
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    There is no such thing as "Canta-12", it's Saiga-12 (Сайга-12 in Cyrillic).
    – vartec
    Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 15:12
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    @Vartec - You can tell they are morons because they refer to the high capacity magazines as clips.
    – Chad
    Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 16:38
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    @RedGrittyBrick as it's semi-automatic it isn't an "assault rifle" by definition, but it may be classifiable as an "assault weapon" by those who wish to ban certain types of guns. Commented Jan 23, 2013 at 7:33

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