Yeah, it means "a gun that looks scary". I used to rail over that too but like you, I kind of just eventually accepted that it was redefined for political purposes and it is what it is now. I use the term to describe weapons occasionally. I'll never understand why these weapons and not their magazine capacity is the target though for the ani-gun crowd. Seems that would be a whole lot easier to focus on than making random lists of guns that scare them.