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Buying a handgun at age 18 in Virginia

Can a person buy a handgun and handgun ammo legally at 18 from a private sale in Virginia?
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Is it legal in the UK to 3D print a firearm design if it is made impossible to fire?

In the UK firearm regulations are very strict, but I would like to learn about them like in the other countries. Is it okay to print 3D gun designs if I make sure none of the parts can shoot real ...
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Is a gun in the waistband with a tucked-in shirt concealed or open carry in Michigan?

I generally carry my gun concealed, inside the waistband with a shirt or jacket over it. If I were to tuck said shirt in, the grip will show. Is this now considered open carry, or does the whole gun ...
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Can a policeman have his service weapon on him in a building that does not allow guns?

I am French, so the US regulations about who can hold a gun where are complicated for me, I apologise if the question is obvious in the US. YouTube brought me to a 2019 case (the TV News version and ...
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Can a law enforcement officer temporarily 'grant' his authority to another?

The emergency services dispatch of Small-town, USA receives a call from a citizen near city limits. The citizen placed the call after he drove past a roadkill deer off to the side of the road. It is ...
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Could you fix and carry (for self defense) antique firearms in 2010 New York?

Forgive me for basing this on a pop-culture reference. I heard this on a TV show: Abe: They (antique guns) are considered collectibles, so they don't have to be registered. Castle: Making it pretty ...
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Police questioning in Arizona regarding gun possession

Is it possible to legally have a firearm (handgun/rifle/shotgun) in a vehicle that a person is the driver of, and NOT tell the police in Arizona whether they have a firearm or not? According Arizona ...
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Possessing a 'shotzooka'

Billy lives in Texas. He loves weapons. Above all, he loves practice shooting with his shotgun, which he jokingly nicknamed shotzooka. One summer, Billy decides to innovate. He spends his days adding ...
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What do I need to do to sell my late father's firearms in Arizona?

My father passed away in April of this year, and despite insisting he had a will, he apparently never got around to actually making one. Luckily, all of his assets were jointly owned by him and his ...
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If two gunmen are in a standoff, can either of them kill the other and claim self defense in the USA?

Because of recent news about the Kenosha shootings, and people claiming the shooter might walk free because he can claim self-defense, I've started wondering this question. I've seen pictures of ...
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Can a minor possess an AR-15 rifle in Wisconsin?

This stems from the Kyle Rittenhouse discussion: Wisconsin prohibits possession of rifles by minors, but the same section seems to say that it only applies when the rifle is "short-barrel". ...
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How common are import bans of what is freely traded on national markets?

In this question I will give an example of a law that effectively bans the import of (and makes attempted import without prior approval a crime) certain goods that can be freely bought and sold on ...
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Laws on buying rifles in Turkey?

Are there any laws regarding the prohibition of selling rifles in Turkey? I have been going through the sites of various arms-dealers and all I can find is hunting-rifles, which take shells. What I am ...
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Was displaying a gun in a cartoon in the 1990s on MTV in the USA illegal or controversial somehow?

At the 01:10 mark in the 12th episode of the 7th season of Beavis and Butt-Head, "Citizens Arrest", first aired in 1997, they are at Burger World as a robber comes in and takes out his gun. ...
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Would loading a firework into a gun make it a Destructive Device?

I've got a question inspired by a dream I had last night. If someone were to load a firework into a firearm, would that result in the firearm being classified as a Destructive Device? For instance, ...
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May any former felons legally purchase modern firearms after expungement?

The state in question is Michigan, but I'm curious about the question in America generally. I'm aware about Michigan's requirements before petitioning for expungement. I'm not clear if either or ...
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Firearm ownership after an involuntary mental health commitment

Seven years ago, I was involuntarily committed by court order for a mental health issue. However, it was a one-time occurrence, I have not been hospitalized since, and I've made a full recovery. Can I ...
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What is the Constitutional justification for Federal gun possession laws?

The US Constitution reserves to the states all powers not expressly delegated to the Federal government. What is the Constitutional provision that allows for Federal laws such as the law that felons ...
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Old Western Guns Trademark

I'm going to be making a computer game with a "western" setting and was wondering if it would be illegal to use guns from that era, like the popular Colt Single Action or the Schofield Model 3, and ...
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Is shipping an 80% lower to someone in Washington Illegal

I was apart of a conversation where one person who lives in the state of Washington wanted someone who lives in Texas to buy a glock 80% lower for them and ship it to them in Texas. To me, this sounds ...
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In the US, what federal codes govern the operation of a shooting range?

I'm trying to understand what laws and codes give guidance for the operation of a shooting range. I'm particularly interested in the laws regarding hazardous materials (lead from the backstop(s)). ...
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Can an employer be required to provide an escort from office to vehicle?

Follow up question to Can an employer be forced to allow an employee to bring a gun to work (Washington State)? It appears that an employer can limit employee concealed carry. (It would also seem ...
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Can an employer be forced to allow an employee to bring a gun to work?

Imagine a person who feels compelled to buy a handgun and get a carry permit (permission to carry a handgun on their person) after receiving death threats. He wants to carry it on him to and from work,...
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Did New Zealand just ban all semi-automatic rifles?

I'm asking this question because different sources say different things. The news media I've seen, visual, audio and text keep on running stories claiming that New Zealand has now banned semi-...
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What constitutes having a history of violent behavior against the person or another according to Maryland firearms law?

According to Maryland statutes, Title 5, Subtitle 2, § 5-205 (b) (6) (my emphasis), someone who suffers from a mental disorder as defined in § 10-101(i)(2) of the Health - General Article and has a ...
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Who in NH can legally bear weapons near school?

Can any citizen of NH legally carry any knife, gun (black powder or modern) or any weapon on a sidewalk next to a any school in NH? I know on duty police officers can carry weapons, and there are ...
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What is a “significant behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder” for the purpose of firearm disqualification in Hawaii?

According to Hawaii Statutes §134-7 (3) (my emphasis), no person who Is or has been diagnosed as having a significant behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders as defined by the most current ...
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Is a firearms id card required to own, possess, or use a rifle or shotgun in a shooting range in NJ?

Is a firearms id card required to own, possess, or use a rifle or shotgun in a shooting range in NJ? I know there is an exception for inheritance but what about a gift or out of state gift? Would it ...
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Register an inherited Trophy of War handgun?

My grandfather recently passed away. He was a veteran, and owned a Nazi P38 Luger handgun, registered as a Trophy of War, manufactured in 1941. It appears I may inherit the Luger. We are both from ...
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Can I use brand names in my video game? [duplicate]

I'm currently developing a video game set in the Old West and I'm wanting to know if I can use period gun brand names in my game: Colt, Winchester, etc. Do I need special permission from the companies ...
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Were the Christchurch gunman's guns really Category A?

Many people are in a state of shock at the moment after one of the worst mass shootings occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand. The incident has only just occurred, but there are many questions about ...
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Self Defense- Lethal Force- Taser & Knife Vs. Fire Arm

I was thinking of buying a taser for self defense. However, if someone were trying to attack me such as pulling a gun out on me, I fear a taser will just leave a criminal pissed off and still wanting ...
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Pawnshop in TN transfered my pawned firearm without my prior consent

I pawned my firearms and the pawnshop had their FFL suspended. They own two stores and, when I went to pay on my pawn, I was told about the suspension, that all firearms had been transfered to their ...
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Buying guns from America if I am European

I wanted to ask something related to the gun dealing policies. If I am European, is there a way I can purchase a gun from let's say Daniel Defense (which is American). Moved into question from an "...
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Are laws requiring fees and classes to practice 2nd Amendment constitutional?

Would laws requiring citizens to pay for training courses and permits costs be ruled as unconstitutional if they were challenged? I only ask because, in Minnesota where I live I need to pay for a $60 ...
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Legality of ATF in their Final Review of Bump Stock regulation

I have been interested in the procedural legality of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Agency's Final Review of Bump Stocks. There are two to the legality issue, and I'm only concerned with ...
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Is an uncocked semi-automatic with ammo in the clip considered “loaded”?

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 ...
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Borrowing Firearms for Science?

Edit: we have an excellent general counsel who runs our legal team; I'm asking here firstly to get familiar with roughly the shape of this thing, and secondly to learn a little about how things in ...
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Stand your ground: process

The recent controversy over the Drejka shooting in Clearwater Florida, involves a shooter invoking 'stand your ground'. As I understand the matter, LEOs (law enforcement officers) are forced to make ...
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Can I lend my car to a friend and leave my handgun under the seat in a cabled lockbox?

I’m in Michigan, I have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and I keep it in a combination lockbox under the driver seat. The lockbox is cabled to the seat. Is it legal for a friend or family member ...
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Are employers liable for employee safety if the workplace is declared a “gun free” zone?

If a company prohibits their employees from carrying a firearm while on their property, are they legally liable for the safety of their employees in an active shooter situation? If they refuse to ...
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Use deadly force while under the influence?

I recently completed a CPL/CCW class in Michigan and had a random thought. I understand it is illegal to possess a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, but what are the ramifications if ...
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Is it legal to approach a threatening situation openly carrying a firearm?

Imagine this: A man is threatening you on your porch. You come outside with a rifle (muzzle pointing at the ground in a open carry stance) and politely ask him to leave. Is this brandishing or open ...
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Visiting Texas would I have the right to defend myself with a Texas residents firearm whom I'm staying with?

I will be visiting Texas and staying at my girlfriend's home. Would I have the right to defend myself with her firearm in the case of a burglary etc, or would I be in big trouble?
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Would a spouse of a medical marijuana patient be allowed to own guns?

As mentioned in prescribed marijuana prevents gun ownership, If you are a legal medical marijuana patient. You are not allowed to own or buy guns. But what if it is a person's spouse that is the ...
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Buying a Gun for a Californian

I am a California native, currently attending school in Utah, and have been considering getting a Concealed Carry License as a non-resident of the State. In doing research, however, it appears that, ...
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can the location of a smart phone at the time of arrest negate a suspects protection against unreasonable search and seizures?

Incident Background Info: 1. In 2015 A suspect is arrested, and is in possession of a Smart Phone which is locked, and needs a password to gain access. 2. Suspect is pulled over for speeding, and a ...
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Is it unconstitutional for sellers to have higher minimum age for gun purchases than the federal government?

The last few days (I am writing this on March 1, 2018) have seen several businesses raise the minimum age required to buy a gun to 21. Some examples: Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Kroger. Under ...
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Do we have to wait for legislators to ban bump stocks?

Do legislators actually have to take the step of banning bump stocks, or could the ATF (or other government agency) unilaterally state that the addition of one to a weapon means that it now has all of ...
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What jurisdiction is responsible for firearms regulation in United States education institutions?

Which legislation level and body governs the ability of students and teachers to carry firearms on a campus? Where does this body derive said authority? Is it at the city, state, or federal level or ...