Monday, April 17, 2006

Is a flare gun a weapon?

Flare “guns” are made of metal or plastic and commonly fire aerial signals propelled by shortened 12-gauge shotgun shells, which can travel as far as 500 feet and burn for as long as seven seconds.

“Pistol-launched and hand-held parachute flares and meteors have many characteristics of a firearm and must be handled with caution,” a USCG safety bulletin states. “In some states they are considered a firearm and prohibited from use.”

Flare guns may not be weapons but can be dangerous if misused.  Check your state laws.


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