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gun-shy

1. Frightened of using a gun or by the sound of one firing. My other three sons all really love to hunt, but Tommy's a little bit gun-shy.
2. Hesitant or wary of something or some action, especially after having previously suffered a negative experience of such. I've been rather gun-shy about driving ever since I got into that car accident last year.
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I think there is still a good chance that we can stop an assault weapons ban from passing Congress; unlike in 1994, when Congress passed the assault weapons ban, there is a Republican majority, and even many Democrats are gun shy. They know what happened as a result of passing the Brady Law and the 1994 assault weapons ban: the Democrats lost control of both houses of Congress.