Why is a sawed-off shotgun illegal?

Why is a sawed-off shotgun illegal?

Sawed-off shotguns are deadly weapons. This is because the shot propels faster from the shorter barrel than it would from a complete one. Another reason why sawed-off shotguns are illegal in most states is that they are concealable.

Can you own an antique sawed-off shotgun?

California Penal Code 16590 is California’s statute governing “generally prohibited weapons.” The statute lists several weapons/objects that are generally prohibited in the State of California. Short-barreled rifles and sawed-off shotguns are two such weapons, specifically banned under PC 16590(t).

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Why is a sawed-off shotgun more dangerous?

More deadly than what? A sawed-off shotgun is not more deadly than a full-length shotgun of the same shell size. But it is more effective than handguns because it can be easily concealed, does not require pinpoint accuracy to be effective, and throws more lead at your opponent in a single shot.

Are 14 inch shotgun barrels legal?

Simply owning or purchasing a 14″ shotgun barrel is not illegal or actually regulated in any way. However, owning a 14″ barrel along with a shotgun that will accept it has been considered “intent” to manufacture an illegal weapon.

Can you fire a sawed off shotgun with one hand?

A man of average strength (and lots of women) can easily fire a 12 gauge shotgun one-handed. I’ve done it. I’ve watched my brother-in-law shooting clay pigeons hit shot after shot one-handed just to make it more challenging.

What should I do if my double barrel shotgun breaks?

Looseness sometimes developes between barrels and action of a double or single- barrel gun of the break-open type. To repair this correctly requires quite a bit of work, as it usually means a new hinge-pin or new bolt, sometimes both.

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Where did I find an old classic shotgun?

While spending time with family in Lansing during Christmas in 2015, I stopped at Classic Arms. As I was browsing the used gun rack, my eyes came to rest on that old shotgun, looking forlorn and unwanted. I knew it was the same gun because I remembered some of the marks on the stock.

What kind of barrel does a single shot shotgun have?

The Rossi Single Shot is an extremely economical 12-gauge made with blued steel, a walnut stock, and a 28″ barrel. It includes a crisp trigger pull and modern safety features.

How old was my uncle when he gave me a shotgun?

In 1963, when I was 15 years old and growing up in Lansing, Mich., my Uncle Jerry had me do a few odd jobs for him, and as payment he presented me with a Stevens Model 94 16-gauge —an old single shot shotgun with a Tenite synthetic stock.