gun control


Definition of gun control

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

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Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, Virginia gained national attention when 86 of the state's 95 counties passed gun sanctuary measures in anticipation of gun control laws the new Democratic statehouse majority promised to pass. Julia Fair,, "Kenton County joins 'Second Amendment sanctuary' wave in Kentucky," 6 Jan. 2020 New York, California and Washington, D.C., all of which boast strict gun control laws, witnessed a decline in firearm deaths during the same period. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Regal Black Statue Unveiled In Former Capital Of The Confederacy + 9 Other Headlines We're Talking About," 18 Dec. 2019 These results suggest that these more traditional gun control laws work. Wired, "Red Flag Laws Are Red Herrings of Gun Control," 9 Sep. 2019 During that time, lower courts have resolved more than 1,000 Second Amendment cases, upholding many gun control measures. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court focuses on repeal of New York City gun restrictions that could moot Second Amendment case," 3 Dec. 2019 Northam, speaking at a Cabinet meeting, promised swift action on a host of liberal policy proposals, with a particular emphasis on gun control measures. Alan Suderman, The Denver Post, "Democrats seize control of Virginia’s General Assembly for first time in 26 years," 6 Nov. 2019 Nine candidates participated in the forum, and the party’s increasingly unified support for strict gun control measures, which once splintered Democrats along regional and ideological lines, was on full display. New York Times, "2020 Democrats, in Las Vegas, Call for Sweeping Gun Control," 2 Oct. 2019 White House and Senate staff continue to discuss gun control measures, an administration official said following Saturday's shooting, but consensus hasn't been reached on areas to move forward. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Walmart CEO implores Congress to 'do their part' to stop gun violence," 3 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of gun control

1964, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2020

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“Gun control.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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