You need to remember that “assault weapon” is a term created to describe military style semi-automatic rifles coined in the mid to late 80s. “High capacity magazines” followed soon after, another contrived term. Some states defined these, CA and NJ amongst them, to limit civilian ownership of such weapons. In 1994, a national assault weapons and high capacity magazine ban was put in place that was limited to 10 years unless reenacted by congress. After 10 years with rising crime rates, studies proved that the ban had no effect (unless you count the increasing crime rates) on crime since only a minuscule number of crimes were committed with assault weapons and height capacity magazines. In 2004, the law was allowed to sunset and these “weapons of war” became publicly available again.
But that didn’t stop other states from joining in on the fun by banning these devices.
Can changing a name make these legal, it all depend on the definitions used in statutes. Below is the bill that is in front of the Kentucky Legislature that has not been given the time of day and I doubt it will. But that doesn’t stop them from trying. Constitutional carry was presented for years in KY before it actually passed last year only to have it assaulted by left leaning legislators calling for its repeal this year.
In the end, it doesn’t matter if you call it a high capacity magazine or a cow fart, if it meets the definition in the statute and the law passes, it still would be prohibited.