This is the type of information that needs to be read by the vast number of Virginia hunters, who often don't have any idea about AR type rifles, and thus think that by throwing the owners of such rifles under the bus that they will save their own skin.
Automatic firearms were severely restricted from civilian ownership by the 1934 National Firearms Act. Semi-automatic rifles that have a military look, such as the Colt AR-15, can be purchased and owned by civilians who pass the standard FBI background check.
Many of the sporting variants fire the .223-caliber bullet, which is the standard NATO 5.56 round, and is much less powerful than that used for any type of big-game hunting. Outside of military circles, it is best known as a varmint-hunting caliber.
I have talked to staunchly pro-gun hunters who have asked me "who needs a rifle that holds thirty rounds for hunting?" It never dawned on them that there are laws already on the books that limit magazine capacity for hunting, and that if one wants to hunt with his or her AR15, SKS, or semi auto AK, than all you need is to purchase a compliant magazine.