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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Two male suspects armed with handguns were no longer on the scene when police arrived. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman and child injured during overnight home invasion in Wauwatosa," 13 July 2018 In one of his notable decisions, Kavanaugh voted to reject a Washington, D.C. ban on handguns, semi-automatic firearms and automatic firearms. Abigail Simon, Time, "President Trump Picked Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Who Is He?," 10 July 2018 The argument escalated after the group left and at least one person fired multiple shots from a handgun, hitting the first victim. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "One man dead, another critically injured after shooting at Colonial Town Park, Seminole deputies say," 8 July 2018 Two men stole an ATM from a southwest Houston hotel Tuesday morning after threatening a security guard with handguns, police said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Armed men steal ATM from Gulfton area hotel," 3 July 2018 Jerome Dontyce Hunter of Rancho Cordova was booked into the Sacramento County jail, charged with felon in possession of a handgun, possession of ammunition by a felon and parole violation, the police department said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "20-year-old man arrested for shooting near Folsom elementary school," 2 July 2018 Recently, however, Mr. Duterte has drawn fierce criticism from civil liberty advocates by proposing that all village officials be armed with handguns and enlisted in his war on drugs. Felipe Villamor, New York Times, "Philippine Mayor Who Shamed Drug Suspects Is Killed During Flag Ceremony," 2 July 2018 Delayed: Trial for Noblesville school shooting suspect is postponed The seventh-grade science teacher took three bullets in the process of stopping a student who entered his classroom with two handguns. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Southern Illinois University gives Noblesville shooting hero homecoming honor," 22 June 2018 Two men with handguns got out of the black car and walked up to the victim’s car. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Robbers steal jewelry at Robbins Brothers in Mission Valley," 16 June 2018

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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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