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Ballistic weapons powered by burning propellant. May be more narrowly construed by statute.

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Can a minor possess a handgun on private property in Oregon?

Can a minor possess a handgun on private property in Oregon (outside any city limits) with the consent of his parents and the property owner?
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Legality of police bringing firearms into federal post office

Is it legal for all police officers in the United States to carry firearms into post offices, which fall within the jurisdiction of the federal government, when called by post office employees?
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In France, what are the legal implications of using a shooting sport firearm for self-defense at home?

As some of you may be aware, when you subscribe to the French Shooting Federation to shoot for sport and do the required legal paperwork, you can acquire a firearm for the sole purpose of practicing ...
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Why have Dominick Black's charges not been dismissed?

For providing Kyle Rittenhouse a gun, Dominick Black was charged with two counts of providing a dangerous weapon to a person under 18, causing death.. The possession charge against Kyle was dismissed,...
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What would be different if Kyle Rittenhouse were 9 instead of 17?

In the Kyle Rittenhouse case, I felt like he would be charged with possessing a weapon while under-age. But this charge was dropped. I looked into this and ran into this article: https://abcnews.go....
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Is it legal in the US to leave a gun in the hands of a minor without oversight?

Reading about the detail of the trial of Rittenhouse I wondered how it was possible that a minor was allowed to go around holding a weapon. I searched on the internet and I read some blogs claiming ...
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When gun used to kill in self defense and the gun is taken as evidence, can you get it back?

Scenario: John Doe uses a gun to kill a criminal in self defense. That gun, the one used, is taken as evidence by law enforcement so it can be investigated and/or used trial or for whatever reasons ...
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Is it legal to bring an unarmed emptied/spent casing to school?

I am a bit experienced with firearms and know how to handle them. I take them out to the range and fire them. My friend is a hunter and recently gifted me with a SPENT 30-08 Springfield casing AT ...
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Gun combat with mutual intent to hit/kill offers unimpeachable self-defense defense?

I'm curious what explains a number of decisions to abandon all prosecutions in mass gunfights in the USA, e.g. Waco 2015. While "mutual combat" has been sometimes used to describe these ...
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When is a firearm able to "be readily restored to shoot automatically" according to the NFA?

The NFA defines a machine gun as "any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single ...
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Travelling through New York with a firearm

I recently had a discussion with a gentlemen when asking about a scar on his body and it led to a shocking story that almost seemed such an abortion of justice as to not be entirely correct or ...
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How to carry a gun across federal lands

In America, the federal court generally rules that the second amendment of the constitution is implied to be more restrictive than liberating, so carrying a firearm on federal property is often ...
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Is possession of a firearm in Spain only punishable by a fine?

I have read on the Interior Ministry website (Google translation link) that in Spain possession of a firearm, in the absence of any other crime (such as armed robbery) is only subject to a fine of up ...
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Can you kick someone out of your commercial business for having a concealed weapon?

Can you kick someone out of your commercial business for having a concealed weapon? Let's say you operate a restaurant and you notice that one of your customers has a concealed weapon like a gun and ...
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Can a report exempt someone from owning a firearm in the U.S.?

I was reading a thread on the social media site Reddit and the OP discussed how he found out that he was unable to purchase a firearm with no reason given. Though he had no criminal record and no ...
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Naturalized Certificate required for Shall-Issue Firearms License

In my state of Massachusetts, before being able to purchase any firearms, you must obtain a Firearms Identification (FID) license or a License to Carry (LTC). Suppose that someone is in the process ...
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How are machine guns basically illegal considering the findings of US v. Miller?

In US v. Miller, the Supreme Court found that the NFA was constitutional because short-barreled shotguns have no military uses. Assuming for the sake of argument that's true (it's not), how can the ...
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Can consular security staff carry firearms in New York City?

Can the security staff (equivalent to the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service) of the various Embassies/Missions/Consulates/etc located in New York City carry (concealed) firearms as part of their ...
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Is purchasing a tank legal?

I have looked up if it is legal to buy a tank, and I found that you need a FDDL (Federal Destructive Device License). Is that all one really needs, or would one need to get a gun permit as well?
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Is it forbidden to fire a gun in self-defense in a national park?

According to Yellowstones official website: Hunting is strictly forbidden in Yellowstone, as is target practice. And visitors should not use guns as self-defense against large wildlife, but rather ...
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How frequently must one use controlled substances to be considered a user of that substance?

Specifically I'm referring to the NICS background check for buying a gun, but if other laws have other standards I'm interested in them as well. If I took one puff off a marijuana cigarette at a ...
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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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