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Old May 24, 2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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'Firearm' Defined

I heard an ATF Agent say that pneumatic rifles fall under the definition of Firearms under Federal Law. The gun in question is a .357 rifle. This would be new to me. Anyone have info or know where is would fall in statute?
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Old May 24, 2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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The BATF definition is found in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3)

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/921
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Old May 24, 2012, 09:15 PM   #3
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I just don't see where this applies to pneumatic rifles.
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Old May 24, 2012, 09:48 PM   #4
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ATF agents can be mistaken.
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Old May 24, 2012, 10:18 PM   #5
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Some states define air rifles as firearms, but Federal Code does not.
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Old May 28, 2012, 11:46 PM   #6
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Yep, as far as the feds are concerned, if it doesn't use fire then it's not a "firearm". If it does use fire then it MAY be a firearm.
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Old May 29, 2012, 12:12 AM   #7
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Yep, as far as the feds are concerned, if it doesn't use fire then it's not a "firearm". If it does use fire then it MAY be a firearm.
And then it may depend on which law you're reading, and what the context is. Many laws include their own definitions, either at the start or at the end, and a definition from one law may not be applicable to another law -- especially if the other law includes its own definitions.
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