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Semi-automatic rifle is a type of rifle that fires a single bullet each time the trigger is pulled. These rifles are also commonly known as self-loading rifles or auto-loading rifles.
Following is an example of a federal statute defining semi-automatic rifle:
18 USCS § 921(28)- The term "semiautomatic rifle" means any repeating rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge.