gun control


Definition of gun control 

: regulation of the selling, owning, and use of guns

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At freewheeling town-hall meetings, O’Rourke espouses gun control, single-payer health care, and other progressive positions, sprinkling his speeches with folksy anecdotes and occasional profanity. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018 The governor signed the measure two days after marchers nationally — including thousands in Madison and Milwaukee — demonstrated to demand gun control, but Walker argued that gun violence wasn't the right focus. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nearly $45 million in Wisconsin school safety grants is left over as Brad Schimel seeks new ways to spend," 6 July 2018 The Oregonian/OregonLive An Oregon Supreme Court decision on Friday could fast track efforts to get a gun control initiative on the ballot. Hillary Borrud,, "Oregon Supreme Court decision could help gun control initiative," 8 June 2018 As a member of the DSA, her website is a laundry list of every blue-sky progressive policy: Medicare-for-all, housing and jobs guarantees, gun control, ending private prisons, abolishing ICE, and investment in post-hurricane Puerto Rico. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just won a House primary as a write-in — for a district she wasn’t intending to run in," 11 July 2018 Allen, for his part, says the show won’t shy away from controversial topics like gun control, especially since Mike owns a sporting-goods store. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How ‘Last Man Standing’ Went From Hit Sitcom, to Canceled, to Revived For Its Seventh Season," 11 July 2018 His record with retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy is comparable on gun control, environmental regulation, corporate liability and executive power. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics Today: May the odds be ever in your favor," 10 July 2018 Remember how gender is a strong indicator of anyone’s views on gun control? Ben Wofford, Glamour, "The NRA's Most Wanted Customer: Women," 28 June 2018 Stoneman Douglas students are grading politicians on their stances on gun control. Anne Geggis,, "Stoneman Douglas students grade politicians on their stances on gun control," 9 June 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gun control was in 1964

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English Language Learners Definition of gun control

: laws that control how guns are sold and used and who can own them

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