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A weapon—e.g., pistol, rifle, shotgun—that uses an explosive charge to propel a projectile—e.g., bullet or shot
Muzzle velocity of the projectile (bullet) is determined by the quality (burn speed, expansion) and quantity of the propellant, ranging from 330 m/sec for some pistols to 1800 m/sec for anti-tank guns
Calibre Range from 0.22 to 7.62x51mm
Statistics Deaths—US, 2006: 30,900; 55% were suicides, 43% homicides; 2% accidents

firearm

Public health A weapon–eg, pistol, rifle, shotgun, that uses an explosive charge to propel a projectile–eg bullet or shot Statistics 330,000 deaths 1980-1989–US; of 35,000 gun-related deaths–US, 1989, 52% were suicides, 42% homicides; from 1960 to 1980, there was a 100% ↑ in homicide rate, and 150% ↑ in homicide by firearm; from 1933 to 1982, rate of suicides by firearms ↑ 139%. See Ballistics, Black Talon bullet, Drive-by shooting, Shotgun.

firearm

(fīr′ărm″)
A small, portable gun (e.g., a pistol or a rifle) or handheld weapon that uses explosive materials to propel an object toward a person, place, or target at high speed. More firearm-related injuries and deaths occur in the U.S. than in any other industrialized nation. Most of these are among young males, esp. those between 15 and 24 years old.
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"Those handing over firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession, at the point of surrender and do not have to give their name or address.
Once the court has issued an order prohibiting possession, control or purchase of firearms or ammunition giving the defendant 24-72 hours to relinquish her/her firearms and turn in a receipt as proof, the prosecutor, based on the gathered information, will inform the court that there is reason to believe there are firearms in the home, including quantity and location.
During the grantor's lifetime, the gun trust's benefit is that the grantor has a vehicle to own title to his firearms in case of incapacity, and also aids in inventorying the grantor's collection during life.
Japan and Indonesia are at the other end of the spectrum with less than one firearm per 100 people.
Marcel Velloza, 19 and from Tithebarn Road, in Prescot, was charged with: Conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life/ enable another to do so; conspiracy to possess prohibited firearms; conspiracy to possess ammunition without a certificate; and conspiracy to transfer prohibited firearms.
Thomas Wishart, 22 and from Ebony Way in Kirkby, was charged with: Conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life / enable another to do so; Conspiracy to possess prohibited firearms; Conspiracy to possess ammunition without a certificate; and Conspiracy to Transfer prohibited Firearms.
Firearms that use a detachable magazine can be stored with the action open.
Some state laws provide immunity for employers for crimes committed by employees who possess firearms in compliance with workplace gun laws.
Kabiru said the exercise was also in compliance with the full enforcement of the Firearms Act, mopping-up and recovery of all prohibited firearms.
Under sections 1 and 2 of the 1968 Firearms Act, it is an offence for a person "to have in their possession or to purchase or acquire" a firearm or ammunition without holding the appropriate certificate.
So now to have a functioning bolt-action rifle utilizing an AR-receiver, a shooter must transfer two seperate firearms and combine them?
While the evidence submitted in support of the enhancement was not particularly robust, it was sufficient to demonstrate that Evans had knowledge or reason to believe that Butts intended to use the firearms to commit a felony.