from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A weapon, especially a pistol or rifle, capable of firing a projectile and using an explosive charge as a propellant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A personal weapon that uses explosive powder to propel a metal (usually lead) projectile.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gun, pistol, or any weapon from which a shot is discharged by the force of an explosive substance, as gunpowder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A weapon from which a missile, such as a bullet, cannon-ball, shell, etc., is expelled by the combustion of gunpowder or other similar explosive. Pistols, muskets, cannon, etc., are firearms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a portable gun
The term firearm is not otherwise defined in the statute.
Equipment (I assume the firearm is the biggest issue here) +1 Good Comment?
Hand held bows are archery equipment, a firearm is a gun, a crossbow is somewhere in between,,, ,although the ATA and even the NRA is trying to convince people otherwise.
By the way, self defense with a firearm is a constitutional right now (or will be in less than a month), but as a practical matter, what if a parent shows that they are in actual danger?
Take an eight-hour course in most of the smart states and you qualify for a concealed weapons permit; note that owning a firearm is already assumed in those states.
I try to keep my firearms in the best mechanical and cosmetic condition possible, some even have 50+ years of use by myself and preceding generations, but a firearm is a tool, and with use will acquire wear marks.
To the guys who insist that a firearm is the only way, I think you really want to have a face-to-face with a bear, so go and schedule a bear hunt and shoot one.
In some states, trespass while in possession of a firearm is a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and/or a fine up to $5,000.
Amazed - how does asking these questions on an 18 page questionaire mean he thinks owning a firearm is akin to talking dirty in Internet chat rooms?
Obviously, [President-elect] Obama feels that owning a firearm is akin to talking dirty in Internet chat rooms.
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