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 They are charged with using a firearm to commit murder during a violent crime. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Feds charge two men in 2015 homicide. One was arrested in prison.," 5 May 2021 Willoughby Municipal Court Judge Marisa Cornachio ordered Layne to forfeit a firearm, attend a gun safety instructional course, pay a $500 in fine, and serve a 180-day jail sentence, which is suspended. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, "Lake County judge dismisses gun charges for Pittsburgh Steelers Justin Layne," 5 May 2021 Police officials have not said who opened fire first or what security measures Camarena had to overcome to gain access to Beyda’s firearm. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Suspect in shooting of off-duty LAPD officer had been arrested twice in past three months," 5 May 2021 Fredrick Seay was charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and bail jumping, according to a criminal complaint filed May 1 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Milwaukee cousins charged in West Allis shooting that injured a Milwaukee man," 5 May 2021 Michael Robert Solomon, 31, of New Brighton, admitted Tuesday to selling silencers and other firearm components to people be believed were members of the Hamas terror group but who turned out to be FBI informants last year. Star Tribune, "Minnesota man is second Boogaloo member to plead to federal terror charges," 4 May 2021 Advocates are cautioning about the risks for people who may not be fully trained to handle a firearm or store it properly. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Asian Americans are buying guns in the wake of recent attacks, but community leaders say that's not the way to prevent hate crimes," 4 May 2021 Alvarez falls to the ground and drops what authorities identified as a firearm. Clarence Page,, "Column: If Chicago is in hot pursuit of a better police chase policy, why is it moving so slowly?," 4 May 2021 Organizers say there will be no questions asked of anyone turning a firearm. Carol Robinson |, al, "Birmingham police will hold gun buyback in ongoing fight against violence," 3 May 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Firearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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