long gun


plural long guns
: a firearm having a long barrel and intended to be fired from the shoulder

Examples of long gun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 124 weapons collected: 40 pistols, 81 long guns, and three assault weapons, said Ashley Nicholes, a police spokesperson. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2024 Wednesday The call to police reporting someone moving toward Mount Horeb Middle School with a backpack and what looked like a long gun came in at 11:11 a.m. Wednesday. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2024 Authorities located other guns on the property, including a pistol and several long guns that were either loaded or not safely and appropriately stored, court records show. Lauren Liebhaber, Kansas City Star, 3 May 2024 Transportation in New York City Subway Crime: Shortly after Gov. Kathy Hochul deployed the National Guard in the New York City subway to quell fears of crime, a plan that drew intense criticism, her office said that soldiers searching bags would not carry long guns. Hurubie Meko, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Two officers with long guns were perched on a nearby rooftop, seemingly watching events unfold. Andrew Blankstein, NBC News, 15 Feb. 2024 Despite that, Gallegos said, Boettcher came out of his house with the long gun and pointed it directly in his face. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 Here are the pros and cons as well as a general overview of chasing elk with a long gun. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, 22 Feb. 2024 Other types of guns: Jamison confirmed that federal law doesn’t explicitly mention age requirements for the possession of other types of guns, such as shotguns or long guns. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1569, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of long gun was circa 1569

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“Long gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20gun. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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