handgun

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handgun

A firearm designed to be fired from the hand, which has a rifled barrel and either
(1) a revolving cylinder containing multiple chambers—often six; or
(2) a removable magazine with multiple bullets—up to 14—which has a mechanism for auto-loading.
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The Desert News in Palm Springs, California, offered a shopping list of the horrible things that would transpire if the ban was not continued, ranging from terrorists getting firearms at gun shows to this: "In many states, it will be possible to bring concealed TEC-9 assault pistols, loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition, into bars, churches and sports arenas, public schools or universities."
Most probably did not recognize that the "assault pistols" shown, despite their menacing looks, were chambered for the low-powered .22 cartridge that has been a recreational favorite since the late 19th century.
Reportedly, only 3,500 such "assault pistols" were imported last year.
i* When Maryland imposed a more stringent ban on assault pistols and high-capacity magazines in 1994, it led to a
The Maryland Ban on the Sale of Assault Pistols and High-Capacity Magazines: Estimating the Impact in Baltimore,
The anti-gunners will soon be calling for a ban of these "sniper rifles" just as they've tried to stamp out the guns they dubbed (with equal falsity) "gang guns," "assault rifles," and "assault pistols."
The anti-gunners have found yet a new term designed to instill fear in the American public: "assault pistols." It ranks right up there with assault rifles, Saturday Night Specials and "cop-killer" bullets.
These so-called assault pistols took center stage during the Senate Judiciary Committee's Feb.
At one point Kennedy asked whether there is any sporting purpose for imported military-style "assault pistols." "I don't know a damn thing about guns!" Bennett replied.