Paintball guns have been the most popular form of weapon of choice in recent years, but in some states, they can be prohibited.
Read More is a gun that uses paint to shoot paintball balls, or can be fired from a paintball gun, as well as a laser pointer.
The U.S. has banned the sale and manufacture of the weapons since 2000, but the Department of Justice (DOJ) is trying to reverse that ruling with a federal lawsuit filed last year.
The suit, which seeks a nationwide ban on the use of lasers, was filed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun rights advocacy group.
The DOJ is seeking to overturn a ruling by a federal judge in Maryland that said the Department’s use of the term “laser pointer” was too broad.
The lawsuit claims the DOJ’s use “inaccurately and confusingly describes the use and classification of paintball weapons,” because it fails to distinguish between paintballs that fire paint and paintballs fired from lasers.
In a statement, a DOJ spokesperson told Ars that the department “will not be making any further comments on this case.”
The DOJ has repeatedly said that its definition of a paint ball is “unrelated to the term ‘laser’ and that paintball is not a weapon of war.”
The law prohibiting laser pointers was passed in 1996 and was aimed at reducing gun violence, as paintball was then considered the weapon of last resort.
However, in 2014, a federal appeals court ruled that the DOJ could use the term paintball to describe guns that fired paint.
In the suit, the Brady Center argues that the term is misleading because the term means a paint gun that fires paint, not a paint-based paint gun.
The Justice Department has argued that the government can use the phrase “lasers” to describe all types of laser-based weapons, such as laser pointers.
However, paintballs have long been used to fight wars.
The term paint was coined in 1883 to describe an explosive substance used in firearms, and it is often used to describe fireworks, but paintballers are generally considered to be “gunfighters.”
The paintball-based weapon is also a popular form in sports like lacrosse and football.