riot gun

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ri′ot gun`

a gun, esp. a shotgun with a short barrel, for quelling riots rather than inflicting serious injury.
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Noun1.riot gun - a firearm designed to disperse rioters rather than to inflict serious injury or deathriot gun - a firearm designed to disperse rioters rather than to inflict serious injury or death
firearm, small-arm, piece - a portable gun; "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
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As the war expanded, demand for shotguns increased, and the government purchased Trench and riot guns from Winchester, Savage/Stevens and Remington.
POLICE authorities in Jammu and Kashmir are pushing for FN Herstal 303 riot guns for crowd control as the demand for banning shot guns is growing by the day.
Photos taken by photojournalists showed some police officers using FN 303 semi-automatic riot guns, which are banned in a number of European countries.
CSF personnel were allegedly armed with birdshot guns, riot guns, and teargas and pointing weapons at the students.
Indeed, in just a few days, the stench of tear gas in the streets of the nation's largest cities, along with the sound of riot guns, police water cannons and furious residents banging pots and pans in protest, became a nightly phenomena.
In short-barreled versions, often called riot guns, the 18" barrel even at full overall length is not much longer than a handgun held and shot properly.
Marchers threw bricks and bottles at police as they were pushed back to the Browns Chapel Methodist Church area, but were chased into their homes by troopers armed with sticks, riot guns, pistols and tear gas bombs.
News organizations also condemned the Police Department for its use of batons and riot guns against members of the media.
Officers with riot guns and rifles were posted throughout the basement.
Of 66 troopers on the scene, eight later told FBI agents they had fired their riot guns at the students after hearing shots.
Thousands of strikers fought pitched battles against a police force armed with tear gas and riot guns.