- any law restricting freedom of the press, free speech, or the right of petition.
- gag rule.
Origin of gag law
An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for gag law
If the gag-law was attempted to be put in force, he would resist it to the last.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
This rule, in his opinion, much more deserved the character of a "Gag-law," than the Sedition law did.
So read the gag-law, as it was called, introduced in the House by Mr. Atherton.The Works of Whittier, Volume III (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier