gun control

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gun control (uncountable)

  1. Laws, policies, practices, or proposals designed to restrict or limit the possession, production, importation, shipment, sale, and/or use of guns or other firearms by private citizens.
    • 2012, w:Jill Lepore, "Battleground America: On Nation, Under the Gun", The New Yorker:
      Opposing gun control was also consistent with a larger anti-regulation, libertarian, and anti-government conservative agenda.
  2. (attributive) Of, pertaining to, or supportive of regulations that limit the production, ownership, carry, and transfer of guns by individuals.
    • 2013, w:National Rifle Association, "Semi-Automatic Firearms and the 'Assault Weapon' Issue Overview", NRA Institute for Legislative Action:
      Gun control activists began campaigning against "assault weapons" in the late 1980s, after they realized that their previous campaign to get handguns banned had failed.
    1. Opposed to unlimited gun ownership and carry.
    2. (US) Belief that the Second Amendment protects a limited right.

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