gun control


Definition of gun control

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

Examples of gun control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While conservative organizations say DeWine's plan goes too far, gun control group Moms Demand Action and Democrats argue DeWine's plan doesn't go far enough. Jessie Balmert,, "Dayton shooting: Mike DeWine's gun reform proposals are losing support on both sides," 15 Nov. 2019 Similar legislation is pending in Ohio, even as the Republican governor pushes gun control measures. cleveland, "General Motors reaches tentative deal with autoworkers to end strike: The Flyover," 17 Oct. 2019 Trump has flip-flopped on supporting various gun control measures. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "This chilling video from Sandy Hook Promise shows how gun violence is destroying childhood in America," 18 Sep. 2019 While the plan did not include many details, officials said that within the next 30 days the state would develop policies on gun sales that would likely be shaped by measures supported by gun control groups. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "A Novel Gun Control Strategy: Pressure Banks and Retailers," 10 Sep. 2019 The gun control group Giffords wants one on dealing with firearms violence. Joe Garofoli,, "Democrats risk alienating young voters by ditching climate-only debate," 22 Aug. 2019 About 30 people showed up to share their stories about why more gun control measures matter to them. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "March For Our Lives holds town hall calling on McConnell to act on gun legislation," 22 Aug. 2019 The plan seeks to drum up support ahead of the 2020 elections for an assault weapons ban, a national gun-buyback program, a federal firearms registry and other gun control measures. Skyler Swisher,, "Parkland school shooting survivors release ‘peace plan’ to reduce gun violence," 21 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Rebekah Allen reports that several Texas Democratic lawmakers are calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to convene a special session and pass gun control legislation after a racist gunman targeted immigrants in an El Paso Walmart last weekend. Dallas News, "Guns dominate political conversation, Rangers investigate secret meeting, another Dem in Senate race," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of gun control

1964, in the meaning defined above

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14 Dec 2019

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“Gun control.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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