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 Lawmakers now want to return responsibility for firearm transactions background checks in Delaware to the State Bureau of Identification. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed on the set of the film in New Mexico last year after Alec Baldwin accidentally discharged a prop firearm. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 16 May 2022 Charged with suspicion of child solicitation, possession of methamphetamine, habitual traffic violator, possession of a firearm as a felon and forgery. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2022 New York had the fifth-lowest firearm mortality rate in the United States in 2020, the most recent year for which figures were available, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York Times, 15 May 2022 That compares to a 4.1% increase for firearm homicides of adult women and a 3.2% increase for adult men. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2022 On April 26, Quincy police responded to a report of a female brandishing a firearm. Emily Sweeney,, 12 May 2022 Aric Mitchell, spokesman for the Police Department, said in a news release police arrested Dontrell Krisshun Banister, 24, of Fort Smith on Tuesday on charges of terroristic act and possession of a firearm by certain persons. Thomas Saccente, Arkansas Online, 11 May 2022 Gaines pleaded guilty to using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. oregonlive, 11 May 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

20 May 2022

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“Firearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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