fire·​arm | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌärm How to pronounce firearm (audio) \

Definition of firearm

: a weapon from which a shot is discharged by gunpowder usually used of small arms

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Examples of firearm in a Sentence

revolvers, rifles, and other firearms will need a permit to carry a firearm
Recent Examples on the Web Singapore applies the death penalty to a range of offenses including drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping, waging war against the government and use of firearms. NBC News, "Singapore court sentences drug suspect to death on Zoom videoconferencing app," 20 May 2020 Everytown's legislative agenda includes items such as requiring background checks on the purchase of all firearms — including all transactions at gun shows — and banning domestic abusers from owning guns. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Bloomberg's gun control group plans $5 million effort in Arizona," 12 May 2020 This includes possession, carrying, transportation, sale and transfer of firearms. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Judge rules Virginia indoor gun range can reopen," 1 May 2020 Open carry of firearms is allowed on Capitol grounds and inside the Capitol, said Lt. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: Trump to leave White House for first time in a month; Los Angeles vendors rally on May 1; airlines require masks," 1 May 2020 The case arises from a New York City gun licensing scheme that limited transportation of firearms registered to a particular location. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Dissenting justices claim Supreme Court was “manipulated” in New York gun case," 27 Apr. 2020 Wrapped around these mechanics, which escalate in later levels with the introduction of more modern and more complex firearms, is an elliptical paranoiac story that, frankly, doesn't make a lot of sense. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Receiver 2 Makes Players Understand What Guns Do IRL," 24 Apr. 2020 Rimfires dominate this genre of firearms but in some instances, a camp might need a gun with a little more punch. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "10 Takedown Camp Guns for Hunting and Survival," 25 Mar. 2020 Gun sales normally taper off during Republican administrations because gun owners are not as compelled to stockpile weapons out of fear that lawmakers will impose restrictions on firearms. Lisa Marie Pane,, "Gun industry gathers amid slumping sales, rising tensions," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of firearm

1643, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of firearm was in 1643

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25 May 2020

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“Firearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of firearm

: a small gun


fire·​arm | \ ˈfīr-ˌärm How to pronounce firearm (audio) \

Kids Definition of firearm

: a weapon from which a shot is discharged by gunpowder
Hint: Firearm is usually used for a small weapon.

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