A semi-automatic must be racked, to put a round in the firing chamber, before it can be fired.
Is there a legal definition of “loaded” that considers option 2 of the following states of loadedness as not being “loaded”?
- Ammo in the clip, but not in the chamber (pulling the trigger would do nothing)
- A round in the chamber, safety on
- Ready to fire (safety off)
Obviously option 2 is not relevant to a revolver, which only requires a trigger pull to bring the next round in front of the firing pin.