hand·​gun | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌgən How to pronounce handgun (audio) \

Definition of handgun

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

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About half the teachers brought their own handguns to the shooting range. Morgan Smith, Anchorage Daily News, "Armed Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings," 6 July 2019 About half the teachers brought their own handguns to the shooting range and many who attended the sessions -- which have become increasingly popular and now has a waitlist to attend -- felt reassured by the training. Fox News, "Utah teachers attend firearms drills to prepare for active shooters," 6 July 2019 Mellone switched from the shotgun to his handgun and also fired. Alex Emslie, The Mercury News, "S.F. Police oversight agency calls for suspension of officers who shot homeless man in 2016," 26 June 2019 In the video, after two officers fire their handguns at him, Hall hits the ground. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Body camera footage, 911 audio released in Walnut Creek police shooting," 25 June 2019 Fearing being shot again, Irwin drew his handgun and fired several rounds at the gunman. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDPD officer wounded when partner killed testifies about 2016 incident," 17 June 2019 Whether Liotta was justified in getting hold of his handgun and shooting Gurino remains in dispute. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "He’s the man who killed the man who killed the Miami Subs founder," 17 June 2019 The two males wrestled with the suspect, who dropped his handgun and pulled out a knife, police say. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Woman shot while shielding children from attack by ex-boyfriend, Akron police say," 16 June 2019 After the fight, Shinn went to his nearby apartment on Aster Avenue and got a handgun, County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said in a news release. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Akron man sentenced to 10 years for bar shooting that paralyzed victim," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of handgun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of handgun

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

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