The requisite question that needs to be answered is, does that handgun also fire standard ammo? Another words, is the hand gun operable? If it is, you are looking at a three year minimum mandatory sentence as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm with a fifteen year max. I sure as heck wouldn't recommend it. It is also illegal for a convicted felon to be in possession of ammo as well. Good luck.
The statute which you would possibly be charged defines a "firearm," in pertinent part, as: “Firearm” means any weapon (including a starter gun) which will, is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; any destructive device; or any machine gun."
Therefore, you may want to answer your own question by considering the exact type of handgun you plan to acquire.
Also, please be aware that even if the weapon (or non-weapon, as the case may be) you end up owning technically does not fit the definition given in the statute, that does not mean you cannot be arrested and charged. It only means that, at the end of a very long, tiring, stressful and expensive day, you may have a defense to the charge. Also, any weapon that looks like a real gun but is not a real gun has the potential to get you in more trouble than a simple arrest.
So, the true answer to your question depends on how certain words and phrases are defined by courts, police and jurors; "readily converted," for example. Grammatically, the strict answer to your question would be "no" as any handgun can also fire blank rounds of live ammunition.
The above is provided for educational purposes only and is not legal advice nor makes you a client of the Mosca Law Firm, PA. Please consult with a lawyer in order to obtain confidential legal advice that is tailored to your specific situation and facts.
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