The New York Times editorial board argued Friday that a "super destructive" gun once banned under the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban is available for purchase anywhere in the United States — except that the rifle referenced by the newspaper doesn't appear to have been included in the now-defunct federal law.

"As each new mass shooting leaves dead and wounded Americans strewn like casualties on a battlefield ... the gun industry's culpability amounts to war profiteering through the reckless sale of military weapons tailored for the civilian homefront," the Times said in an editorial flagged Friday by the Federalist's Sean Davis.

From there, the editorial went on to bemoan that a certain type of firearm that was never outlawed under the federal law, which expired in 2004, is now available for purchase by anyone of legal age in the United States.

"Assault weapons were banned for 10 years until Congress, in bipartisan obeisance to the gun lobby, let the law lapse in 2004," the editorial board said. "As a result, gun manufacturers have been allowed to sell all manner of war weaponry to civilians, including the super destructive .50-caliber sniper rifle, which an 18-year-old can easily buy in many places even where he or she must be 21 to buy a simpler handgun."

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