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 a new video from Everytown for Gun Safety, the nonprofit organization advocating for gun control in America, Freedia shared her story of surviving gun violence. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Big Freedia Joins Everytown in Call for Gun Reform in America: 'I'm Just So Sick of It'," 5 Feb. 2021 President Biden campaigned on stricter gun control and cited his role in passing the Brady Handgun Prevention Act in 1993, which established the background check system. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Democratic bill would force all gun owners to go through 'psychological evaluations' along with family members," 3 Feb. 2021 The aggressive cyberbullying comes after Hogg has repeatedly called out Boebert, Greene, and other Republican politicians for failing to take action on gun control. Elly Belle,, "Of Course Lauren Boebert Is Trolling Parkland Survivor David Hogg," 29 Jan. 2021 Holly Sullivan, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said while gun control advocates may have felt intimidated by gun rights supporters carrying firearms, that is not the intent of gun owners. Dave Collins, Star Tribune, "Newtown board blocks proposed gun-carrying restrictions," 4 Dec. 2020 This year the group was beaten out for an event permit by gun control advocates, though state officials canceled those permits this week over the broader security concerns. Washington Post, "Virginia officials on edge as pro-gun caravans prepare to converge on Richmond Monday," 16 Jan. 2021 The governor’s decision was denounced by gun control advocates, including many civil rights groups and Whaley. NBC News, "Ohio Gov. DeWine reverses course on veto, signs 'stand your ground' bill eliminating duty to retreat," 5 Jan. 2021 Advocates for gun control measures have often cited the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at the Newtown, Conn., school and other mass shootings. Fox News, "Kamala Harris calls to 'honor' Sandy Hook victims with gun reforms," 14 Dec. 2020 Herbert, governor for the past 11 years, was conservative and certainly no pro-gun control enthusiast. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here’s what the Utah Legislature has been up to in recent days," 30 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of gun control

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gun control was in 1964

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3 Mar 2021

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“Gun control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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