Indulge me for a minute here. I found this on opencarry. http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/view_to...284&forum_id=4
First listen to the audio on youtube. The guy sounds like a nut but pay attention!
YouTube - Definition of guns
When you're done, here are the rest of my comments. Scroll down for the definitions.
In the Federal Code, the IRS defines firearm (Title 26). Why this is applicable to Homeland Security or anything else, I have no idea.
The Federal Code also defines handgun in the "Crimes" section (Title 18). The definition is quite a bit more in line with what we are familiar with.
I guess, lacking any other conflicting info, if a Federal Law calls something a FIREARM versus a HANDGUN, the lawyers could have a field day. I wonder what percentage of our Federal laws use firearm versus handgun versus something else.
I still wouldn't want to be in the middle of this mess.
US CODE: Title 26,5845. Definitions
IRS Code Definitions:
The term “firearm” means
(1) a shotgun having a barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length;
(2) a weapon made from a shotgun if such weapon as modified has an overall length of less than 26 inches or a barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length;
(3) a rifle having a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length;
(4) a weapon made from a rifle if such weapon as modified has an overall length of less than 26 inches or a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length;
(5) any other weapon, as defined in subsection (e);
(6) a machinegun;
(7) any silencer (as defined in section 921 of title 18, United States Code); and
(8) a destructive device. The term “firearm” shall not include an antique firearm or any device (other than a machinegun or destructive device) which, although designed as a weapon, the Secretary finds by reason of the date of its manufacture, value, design, and other characteristics is primarily a collector’s item and is not likely to be used as a weapon.
Title 18 CRIMES Definitions
...‘handgun’ means any firearm including a pistol or revolver designed to be fired by the use of a single hand. The term also includes any combination of parts from which a handgun can be assembled.”