This is just out of sheer curiosity, honest.
I know it probably depends upon state (I’m in Arizona) but I’m wondering generally, non-US country definitions welcome too.
Most legal definitions I can find specify an explosive propulsion mechanism of some sort. Now I have no doubts that if I (somehow) managed to build a feasible projectile-firing railgun, coilgun, or any other electromagnetic propulsion device and carry it around the cops aren’t going to particularly CARE what the legal definition is, but it’s really hard to find anything on this. My searches all return research stuff from various universities, and “Mass Driver weapon legality” returns… stuff about driving in Massachusetts and cops. :smack:
My guess, so you know my reasoning in order to correct me/confirm me: Anyone arguing the case worth his salt is going to point out that “explosion” doesn’t necessarily include gas expansion and temperature increase, but rather that excessive magnetic pressure is a perfectly valid form of explosion (“magnetic explosion”). But I’m not sure that’s what they had in mind when they actually wrote the law, which is what is leaving me scratching my head.
Final Thought: Does explosive mean anything that creates an explosion or does it have a much more specific substance definition when dealing with demolitions/firearms?
Bonus Question: If it IS a gun… well I’m still confused. From what I understand, in the US you have to be over 21, not convicted of any felonies, and wait a small waiting period in most (all?) areas… but that’s purchasing a firearm. If I’m making a [del]physics experiment[/del] non-typical gun from scratch, is there any special provision as far as that goes?
I have no idea what made me think of this question (and no, I know NOTHING about gun regulation making my post confusing as hell, sorry 'bout that), but fire away. -snerk-