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As the gun control debate rages on, let’s take a moment to enjoy the other rights to arms we are still afforded in this fine nation.
As always, check your local jurisdiction laws, including State, before embracing the idea that what the Federal Guvmint says is legal won’t land ya in jail!

Feature Image of Kardel Gatling 3000 mW Blue Burning Laser Gun

EDIT: The 3000 mW Laser Gun is not allowable under Federal law . . . yet.

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Possibly one of the most inconspicuous weapons a person is ever likely to encounter, the Sap Cap is by no means just a standard baseball cap. A hidden pocket at the back is filled with a material as dense as lead, with the peak doubling as a handle. Some owners have questioned the durability of the pocket that holds the weighted material at the back, but there’s no doubting the cap’s defensive or offensive potential.


The flail is a medieval weapon whose origins actually lie in hand-held agricultural threshing tools used during the Middle Ages. A number of variations emerged as this improvised weapon took shape, including versions with single or multiple iron balls at the end of the chain, and double-handled versions that evolved into weapons such as nunchaku. Though the days of peasant armies wielding them may be over, these archaic weapons are still legal in parts of the US of A, although not in the states of New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts or Pennsylvania.



The name Minigun originally related to a particular gun model made by General Electric, but it has gone on to become a more generalized term to describe all rifle-caliber Gatling-type guns that are externally powered, in a variety of configurations. They feature multiple, revolving barrels and high rates of fire – in the case of the M134 Minigun, up to 6,000 rounds a minute. The process of obtaining one may prove difficult and expensive. Relatively few miniguns make it onto market, and even then one is likely to set prospective buyers back roughly $400,000. Then there’s the fact that firing the weapon costs approximately $60 a second, thanks to the price of the ammunition.



Predominantly associated with traditional Chinese martial arts, the chainwhip generally comprises a handle with nine flexible metal links leading to a spiked slashing point or other accessory at the other end. The weapon is capable of moving faster than the human eye can perceive. Though designs vary in length, the chainwhip is highly concealable owing to its flexibility and short handle.



Perhaps best known as the weapon of choice for suave British spy John Steed in 1960s TV series The Avengers, umbrellas with concealed blades remain legal in a number of places. In the US of A, the blades are only banned in New York, California and Massachusetts.



Katana swords can be traced back to 12th-century feudal Japan, where they were originally used by samurai. Their notoriety in more recent times has been given a significant boost by movie directors such as Akira Kurosawa and Quentin Tarantino, who have featured the swords prominently in some of their most popular works.

Distinctions are made between different periods of Japanese sword construction, and this in turn can affect the legality of the blades. In Ireland, katana blades made after 1953 (known as shinsakuto) are banned. In 2008, blades over 20 inches long were outlawed in the United Kingdom following a number of attacks. In the US of A, such blades are legal to own. Interestingly, in New York for example, although it is generally forbidden to carry these weapons in public, even then there are exceptions.



The cannon can be traced back to Chinese flame-throwing gunpowder weapons called fire lances. Since their first use in conflict, possibly in the 13th century. cannons gradually became standard infantry weapons.

Cannon shells are classed as destructive devices in the US of A under the 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA). They must be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and, though legal under federal law, are prohibited from being owned by civilians in certain states. Muzzle-loading cannons themselves, however, are not deemed to be firearms and are therefore not regulated by the NFA.



Crossbows were deployed in conflicts in Europe and East Asia for centuries; in China their use has been traced as far back as the 5th century BCE. While the military deployment of crossbows declined with the introduction of firearms, they are still used by special forces in Greece, Serbia, Spain and China.  Military usage aside, they are often used in hunting and for target practice.



Classified by the National Firearms Act as a destructive device, the grenade launcher is legal in many places, as long as owners have correctly registered the weapon and passed the necessary background checks. That said, those interested in procuring and using one may not be allowed to fire anything more explosive than flares. In 2005, when Seattle police were tipped off about a rocket launcher seen in a car, they promptly confiscated the weapon and later confirmed that it was unloaded, therefore legal to possess.



As the name suggests, a flamethrower is an incendiary weapon that shoots out a torrent of fire. After their use in World War I, modern flamethrowers increased in usage. The United States military ceased using them in the late 1970s, somewhat for humanitarian reasons.

While military flamethrowers use combustible liquid, commercial flamethrowers like those utilized in agriculture often employ high-pressure gas. When it comes to the civilian arena, privately owning a flamethrower is not forbidden under federal law. These devices are controlled in certain states, including California, where possession of one without a license could result in a one-year prison term or a fine of up to $10,000.

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