A gun is a ranged weapon designed to use a shooting tube (gun barrel) to launch projectiles. The projectiles are typically solid, but can also be pressurized liquid (e.g. in water guns/cannons, spray guns for painting or pressure washing, projected water disruptors, and technically also flamethrowers), gas (e.g. light-gas gun) or even charged particles (e.g. plasma gun). Solid projectiles may be free-flying (as with bullets and artillery shells) or tethered (as with Taser guns, spearguns and harpoon guns). A large-caliber gun is also called a cannon.

The means of projectile propulsion vary according to designs, but are traditionally effected pneumatically by a high gas pressure contained within the barrel tube, produced either through the rapid exothermic combustion of propellants (as with firearms), or by mechanical compression (as with air guns). The high-pressure gas is introduced behind the projectile, pushing and accelerating it down the length of the tube, imparting sufficient launch velocity to sustain its further travel towards the target once the propelling gas ceases acting upon it after it exits the muzzle. Alternatively, new-concept linear motor weapons may employ an electromagnetic field to achieve acceleration, in which case the barrel may be substituted by guide rails (as in railguns) or wrapped with magnetic coils (as in coilguns).

The first devices identified as guns or proto-guns appeared in China from around AD 1000. By the end of the 13th century, they had become "true guns," metal barrel firearms that fired single projectiles which occluded the barrel. Gunpowder and gun technology spread throughout Eurasia during the 14th century.


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Two men have been jailed for eight years after a Metropolitan Police dog led officers to an AK47 in south London. Umar Pervez, 23, of Midhurst Avenue, Croydon

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21 Savage Shuts Down People Criticizing Him Over Message Denouncing Gun Violence in Atlanta

In his latest response to those who tried to coppishly use his art against him, 21 reminds listeners that depiction does not equal endorsement.

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The Canadian director on his new online guided meditation series that features local Toronto artists working to improve mental health and decrease violence.

August 8, 2022

Fetty Wap Arrested for Making Death Threat, Pointing Gun on FaceTime Call

The rapper's $500,000 bail on federal drug charges was revoked as a result of the allegations.

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Machine Gun Kelly responds to tour bus being vandalised with homophobic slur: “You suck”

"Do the first part of the crime right" The post Machine Gun Kelly responds to tour bus being vandalised with homophobic slur: “You suck” appeared first on NME.

August 7, 2022

'Bullet Train' Tops Weekend Box Office With $32.4 Million Opening

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August 5, 2022

Machine Gun Kelly Slams Whoever Tagged Tour Bus With Homophobic Slur: ‘You’re So Dumb’

Also, double dummy, you got the wrong bus. "Do the first part of the crime right," Colson told the tagger.

August 4, 2022

Machine Gun Kelly Calls Out Person Who Spray Painted Homophobic Slur on 'Wrong' Tour Bus

Machine Gun Kelly took to his Instagram Stories to make fun of an individual who allegedly waited until nearly 5 a.m. to spray paint the "wrong" tour bus.

August 2, 2022

Politicians Weigh In on Gun Laws Around Atlanta’s Midtown Fest Cancellation

Gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams claimed the festival's cancellation is proof that Gov. Brian Kemp's "reckless policies endanger Georgia’s economy."

August 2, 2022

Atlanta’s City Council President: Losing Music Midtown Fest Over Gun Laws is ‘Worst-Case Scenario’

"People have to hold the folks who are making these policies accountable and express their displeasure... This is part of the cultural fabric," says Doug Shipman

July 30, 2022

Mozzy Turns Himself In to Serve One-Year Sentence for Federal Gun Charge

Rapper Mozzy has reportedly turned himself in to the police in order to serve his one-year prison sentence on a federal gun charge stemming for a 2021 arrest.

July 28, 2022

Citing Witness Intimidation, Feds Want R. Kelly Fan Thrown In Jail Immediately

Christopher Gunn is accused of making threats against three federal prosecutors who worked on R. Kelly’s case.

July 28, 2022

Machine Gun Kelly Drops Live Performance Video of ‘Twin Flame’: Watch

The pop-punk rocker performed the 'Mainstream Sellout' closing track from inside a glass box.

July 25, 2022

Woman at Dallas Airport Reportedly Shot by Police After Firing Gun as She Was Yelling About Her Marriage

A 37-year-old woman was shot by police after she allegedly fired a handgun inside Dallas Love Field Airport on Monday morning. No other injuries were reported.

July 24, 2022

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July 23, 2022

R. Kelly Manager Found Guilty of Gun Threat to Docuseries Screening

Donnell Russell convicted of threatening physical harm through interstate communication after threatening to "shoot up" Surviving R. Kelly screening in Dec. 2018

July 20, 2022

Salaries of Joaquin Phoenix, Will Smith, Tom Cruise, and More Detailed in New Report on How Much Actors Are Making

Tom Cruise had a huge year thanks to the juggernaut success of 'Top Gun: Maverick.' Here's how his payday compares to what many of his peers are making.

July 18, 2022

Pink Takes On The Supreme Court, Trump & Gun Violence in New ‘Irrelevant’ Music Video

P!nk debuted the politically charged music video for her new protest song "Irrelevant."

July 18, 2022

Lady Gaga Debuts Seven Songs on First Night of the Chromatica Ball

The singer also performed her new single ‘Hold My Hand’ from Top Gun: Maverick

July 18, 2022

Man Arrested After Allegedly Pointing Gun at Two Women Who Didn't Thank Him for Holding Door

A New Haven man was charged after he drew a gun at two women because they didn't thank him for holding the door open for them at a Family Dollar store.

July 17, 2022

Charlotte Comedy Club Empties Before Man Fires Gun, Police Say

Actor and comedian Craig Robinson was scheduled to perform on July 16.

July 15, 2022

YoungBoy Never Broke Again Not Guilty in California Felony Gun Case

YoungBoy Never Broke Again has been found not guilty in the federal gun case that resulted in his dramatic arrest in Los Angeles earlier this year.

July 15, 2022

NBA YoungBoy Wins Not Guilty Verdict On Gun Possession Charge

If convicted, the rapper would have faced years in prison over the charge.

July 15, 2022

Travis Barker joins Machine Gun Kelly for first performance since hospitalisation

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July 14, 2022

Westside Gunn Reveals His Unexpected All-Time Favorite Sneaker | Full Size Run

Full Size Run is Sole Collector's weekly sneaker talk and debate show featuring co-hosts Brendan Dunne, Matt Welty, and Trinidad James. This week the crew is jo

July 14, 2022

Travis Barker Performs for the First Time Since Hospitalization At Machine Gun Kelly Concert

“Hey, you know a fun fact is that Travis is not supposed to be playing drums right now," MGK reportedly joked onstage.

July 14, 2022

Travis Barker Returns to the Stage for the First Time Since Hospitalization at Machine Gun Kelly Show

With Barker on drums, the artists performed "Bloody Valentine’ and "Tickets To My Downfall"

July 13, 2022

NBA YoungBoy’s Defense Point to Lack of Fingerprints in L.A. Felony Gun Trial

Rapper has pleaded not guilty, claiming he had no idea the gun was in his car when LAPD officers pulled him over in March

July 13, 2022

California Governor Signs Law Allowing Gun Violence Victims to Sue ‘Irresponsible’ Firearm Manufacturers

The bill, now a law after being signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, also requires the establishment of a "firearm industry standard of conduct" in the state.

July 13, 2022

Judge Says NBA Youngboy Lyrics Can’t Be Used as Evidence as L.A. Gun Possession Trial Begins

During opening statements on Tuesday (July 12), the prosecution and defense offered dueling accounts of the rapper's March 2021 arrest in Los Angeles.


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