You can't vote, smoke, drink, or rent a car at the age of 16. Nobody in this country needs or deserves an assault rifle for virtually any reason. Not even the State Police. If you want to hunt, get a muzzle loader or a bolt action rifle or any pump/semi-auto shotgun. You don't need anything more powerful. If you want to defend yourself, get a CC license when you are of age. Forget this assault rifle nonsense.