hand·​gun | \ˈhan(d)-ˌgən \

Definition of handgun 

: a firearm (such as a revolver or pistol) designed to be held and fired with one hand

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Sheriff Ken Mascara said the suspect was armed with an automatic handgun when he was arrested and showed no remorse, WPTV reported. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Married Florida man accused of killing girlfriend carrying his unborn baby, leaving her on side of road," 24 Sep. 2018 That incident resulted in five new charges: felon in possession of a handgun, possession of a pipe and of marijuana, fleeing an officer, and failure to obey an officer's commands. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "He said he was on a path to 'positive change.' Then came prison time, & the shootout," 5 July 2018 He was convicted of unlawful possession of the handgun that was found inside a garage and received a mandatory five-year sentence. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Judge declares mistrial Thursday in third Keith Davis Jr. trial," 21 June 2018 Issues that came up there ranged from marijuana to the unlicensed carry of handguns. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Hey, Texas Democrats: Gov. Abbott has a message for you," 19 June 2018 The case arose in 2008, when Otis McDonald, a retired custodian, and others filed suit in U.S. District Court to challenge a 1982 Chicago law that banned the new registration of handguns. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "A Timeline of the Second Amendment and Gun Control in the U.S.," 17 Apr. 2018 Two men displaying handguns made off with hundreds of dollars during a Thursday night armed robbery of an Oak Park sandwich shop, police said. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Armed men swipe cash register, rob customer at Oak Park Subway restaurant," 14 July 2018 Officers made contact with the suspect, who was armed with a handgun and attempted to negotiate his peaceful surrender. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "NC police shoot man holding Harris Teeter staff hostage during standoff," 13 July 2018 Assistant State's Attorney Terri Morse argued the evidence placed Phillips near Mason’s house that night in Gambrills, gave him a motive to kill, and linked him to the handgun used in the crime. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Anne Arundel judge to decide 2013 murder case against Odenton man," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of handgun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a small gun (such as a revolver or a pistol) designed to be held and shot with one hand

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