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


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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Jacob Huffhines is expected to be charged with possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine and a probation hold. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Courageous' parents are credited with leading to a drug bust police believe is the biggest to date involving counterfeit vaping cartridges," 11 Sep. 2019 New Jersey will also request information from financial institutions the state works with about their own policies and practices related to gun safety and responsible sales of firearms, Murphy said. Taylor Romine, CNN, "New Jersey pressures gun manufacturers and retailers to adopt safety measures or lose state business," 10 Sep. 2019 Several states prevent businesses from banning the possession of firearms in vehicles in store parking lots. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Retailers Walk Thin Line by Asking, Not Telling, Shoppers Not to Carry Guns," 9 Sep. 2019 Gun Control Three mass shootings in August have pushed regulation of firearms back into the public and political debate. Fortune, "Congress Is Back. Here’s What’s on Its To-Do List," 9 Sep. 2019 There is no great mystery as to why such incidents regularly happen in America and not any other rich country, yet its lawmakers are reluctant to reduce access to firearms. The Economist, "Republican states loosen their gun laws following mass shootings," 5 Sep. 2019 However, local governments in the state — Denver is one of them — can prohibit the open carrying of firearms, according to the Giffords Law Center. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "King Soopers asks open-carry customers to leave guns at home," 4 Sep. 2019 Drejka drew his firearm and shot McGlockton who had taken several steps back, ultimately killing him. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Jury Finds Florida Man Guilty In Parking Lot Shooting Of Markeis McGlockton," 26 Aug. 2019 He was also sentenced to 55 months in federal prison over a pair of convictions for being a felon in possession of firearms. Fox News, "Philadelphia DA says he negotiated 'bulls---' deal to police shooting suspect to get him to surrender," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of firearm

1643, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2019

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The first known use of firearm was in 1643

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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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