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SHOTGUN

A "shotgun" is a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed shotgun shell to fire through a smooth bore either a number of ball shot or a single projectile for each single pull of the trigger.

Source:  General Statutes § 53a-3 (17) (applies to Penal Code).

Commentary:  See glossary entry for "firearm."  A "sawed-off shotgun" is a shotgun with a barrel that measures less than eighteen inches or an overall length of less than twenty-six inches.  General Statutes § 53a-211.

 

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