From Reason:

The NBC station in New York City recently discovered that the new and allegedly improved “assault weapon” ban championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not done much to make guns less lethal, since the features it prohibited are mostly cosmetic. Reporter Chris Glorioso visited Long Island gun dealer Martin Tretola, who showed him the difference between an AR-15 banned by the SAFE Act and an AR-15 designed to comply with the law: They are pretty much the same, except the legal rifle has none of the features that offended Cuomo.

More at the link.

The biggest difference to me, of course, is the limit on magazine capacity. If I’m ever in a bad situation, the last thing I want is for my attackers to have more ammo than I do.