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Handgun is any of the following: (1) Any firearm that has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of the single hand; (2) Any combination of parts of a firearm which is a deadly weapon capable of expelling or propelling one or more projectiles by the action of an explosive or combustible propellant.[1]

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The Second Amendment of the Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms, which would include handguns.

Although possessing a gun is a constitutional right, several states have passed legislation restricting the use and sale of handguns. Over the past few years, the number of gun accidents involving young children have highlighted the dangers guns can pose to the general public. Reportedly in 2008, Americans owned 200 million firearms and 35 percent of homes contain at least one gun. A study conducted by the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found 39 percent of kids knew where their parents' guns were stored.[2]

Advocates concerned with gun control include many high-profile groups, such as the National Rifle Association ("NRA"). The NRA is a powerful organization that lobbies for the right of citizens to carry arms. In conjunction with several law enforcement agencies, the NRA conducts training programs on a wide variety of crime prevention and personal safety strategies.

Legal Developments Surrounding Handguns


  1. http://definitions.uslegal.com/d/deadly-weapon/
  2. http://www.momlogic.com/2008/08/protect_your_kids_from_guns.php

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