firearm

noun
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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Synonyms for firearm

Synonyms

arm, gun, heat [slang], piece, small arm

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Examples of firearm in a Sentence

revolvers, rifles, and other firearms will need a permit to carry a firearm

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Text at the end of the video delivers stats on gun violence and calls for firearms control. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Paradox of Madonna’s Gun-Control Music Video," 3 July 2019 California is known as the state that took on the tobacco industry, challenged the NRA on firearms restrictions and passed other legislation framed as breakthroughs in safeguarding public health. Patrick Mcgreevy, latimes.com, "How ‘Big Soda’ used its clout to stop 5 of 5 California laws to regulate sugary drinks," 3 July 2019 In the East Aldine Management District area alone, the sheriff said, authorities received more than 800 calls of firearms discharge within the past year. Houston Chronicle, "Sheriff's deputies focus on Aldine area in combating celebratory gunfire," 2 July 2019 But all share one implicit goal: to normalize firearms ownership and training among liberals. Corey Pein, The New Republic, "Antifa Is Arming Itself Against a Trump Crackdown," 2 July 2019 Jaquarius Hunt, 22, was sentenced Tuesday for reckless endangerment and firearms charges in the September 2017 incident that left as many as 14 bullet casings in and around Morales’ home. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man sentenced for shooting bullets into home of Police Chief Alfonso Morales," 2 July 2019 Moore-Baker's announcement came a day after Louisville Metro Police warned residents to lock their vehicles and keep their firearms indoors so they aren't used in homicides. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "After spate of shootings, anti-violence 'prayer walks' called off in Louisville," 28 June 2019 For example, most Democrats support universal background checks for firearms purchases, an idea that’s broadly popular with the public. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Democratic presidential candidates salute Parkland activism, call for gun restrictions," 27 June 2019 Licensed firearms sellers would be required to hand out the pamphlet to each person purchasing a gun. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "How a one-page pamphlet on gun laws derailed permitless concealed carry – for now," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of firearm

1643, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jul 2019

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The first known use of firearm was in 1643

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More Definitions for firearm

firearm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of firearm

: a small gun

firearm

noun
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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