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Man Sells Gun, Then Is Killed With It

Suspect was banned from owning firearms

(Newser) - An Arizona teenager who illegally sold a gun to a man barred from owning firearms ended up getting shot dead with it during what police believe was an argument over another gun. Police say Tyrone Moore, 24, killed 18-year-old Elijah Williams in Glendale with a gun he had recently bought... More »

Gun Permit Requests Soar In Newtown

Residents react to strict Connecticut gun laws

(Newser) - Residents of Newtown, Conn., haven't exactly shied away from guns since the Sandy Hook massacre , reports Yahoo . Newtown police already have a stack of 209 gun permit requests, exceeding last year's 171 requests and more than doubling the 99 requests from 2011. But the horrendous massacre last year—... More »

Sell Handguns to Teens? NRA Is Wrong on This One

Bloomberg View editors: Supreme Court should reject NRA petition

(Newser) - The NRA wants people between the ages of 18 and 21 to have an easier time buying handguns, but "restrictions on youthful gun ownership already seem pretty porous," write the editors of Bloomberg View . In a recent petition to the US Supreme Court, the NRA asks that a... More »

Gun Store to Mark Kelly: No AR-15 Purchase for You

Sends him refund, won't give him firearm

(Newser) - Well, so much for that: Mark Kelly recently went to an Arizona gun store to buy an AR-15, his goal being to show how easy it is to procure one ... but now the gun store won't give it to him. After buying the gun, Kelly told CNN , "It... More »

New York Gun Dealers Agree to Gun Show Sales Rules

New regulations designed to prevent sales without background checks

(Newser) - The 23 operators responsible for more than 80% of gun show firearm sales in New York state have agreed to protocols to ensure buyers get criminal and mental health background checks, reports the New York Times . Under the new system, all guns brought into gun shows will be tagged with... More »

Walmart: OK, OK, We'll Meet With Biden on Guns

Retailer initially declined invitation to gun safety talks

(Newser) - Meetings of Joe Biden's gun control task force start this week, and Walmart made headlines right off when it initially declined to attend. The retailer—the largest seller of guns and ammo in the nation—apparently couldn't find anyone in its huge organization who could make it to... More »

As US Gun Sales Soar, Colorado, Connecticut Lag

But background checks up overall

(Newser) - Despite horrific mass shootings, people in Connecticut and Colorado aren't running to the gun store in droves like the rest of the country: Numbers of background checks—one way the firearms industry measures its success—are soaring nationwide, but not so much in those two states. November and December... More »

Semi-Automatic Rifles Selling Fast at Walmart

Bloomberg reports they're out of stock in some states

(Newser) - The decision by Dick's Sporting Goods to suspend sales of "modern sporting rifles"—industry vernacular for weapons similar to M-16s—might be paying off for Walmart. Bloomberg reports that the semi-automatic weapons are out of stock at many Walmarts across the country, including those in Pennsylvania, Kansas,... More »

Texas Gun Store Owner Offers Teachers' Discount

In wake of Newtown shooting, they get 10% off his class

(Newser) - Some firearm purveyors may have decided to lie low in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, but not Crockett Keller—he's having a sale. The Texas gun store owner is offering local teachers a 10% discount on his concealed carry handgun classes, the Huffington Post reports. "I thought,... More »

Nation's Top Gun Regulator Works ... Part Time

ATF's interim chief splits time as US attorney in Minnesota

(Newser) - The movement to tighten gun laws may be gaining steam , but the Washington Post reports that the federal agency charged with enforcing such laws might not be up to the challenge. Some of the problems with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms:
  • It hasn't had a director confirmed
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US Gun Sales Booming

Fear of Obama crackdown fuels surging biz

(Newser) - Fears that President Obama would take people's guns away in his first term proved to be unfounded, but a lot of people appear to think he's waiting for his second term. Gun sales are experiencing a major pre-election boom, just like they did four years ago, reports NBC... More »

Guy Orders TV, Gets Assault Rifle

Police investigating mix-up

(Newser) - A Washington, DC, musician who ordered a flat-screen TV from Amazon got quite a surprise when he opened the box to find ... a semiautomatic assault rifle instead. Seth Horvitz, 38, says he purchased the 39-inch television from a third-party seller. A box arrived from UPS Tuesday, and it seemed too... More »

Colorado Gun Sales Way Up After Dark Knight Shooting

Background checks for permits up more than 41%

(Newser) - The Dark Knight massacre at an Aurora theater has had an "insane" effect on gun sales in Colorado, says an employee of one gun store, where 15 to 20 people were waiting outside when it opened Friday morning after the shooting. Background checks for people attempting to purchase firearms... More »

Cop Accused of Selling Station's Guns on Street

He allegedly lifted them from colleagues' lockers

(Newser) - An NYPD officer was arrested last night after allegedly stealing his coworkers' guns and selling them on the street, the New York Post reports. Six-year force veteran Nicholas Mina, 31, allegedly broke into fellow officers' lockers to steal four 9mm firearms. Other items, including cash, an iPad, and bulletproof vests,... More »

Gun Dealer Linked to Mass Shootings Shuts Down

Cops probing reports from scores of stiffed customers

(Newser) - The online dealer who sold a handgun used in the Virginia Tech massacre and supplied equipment to two other mass shooters has shut down—not from a change of heart about his line of work, but because of scores of complaints from customers, reports AP . Eric Thompson's Wisconsin-based business,... More »

Why Gun Sales Are at Record High

Social acceptance of guns explains new Black Friday record: Analysts

(Newser) - This year's Black Friday gun sales broke a record set in 2008 by nearly a third , and while fears about President Obama outlawing some types of firearms are thought to be behind 2008's record, analysts say this year's surge in sales is part of a long-term trend.... More »

Guns Sales Smash Record on Black Friday

129,166 firearm sales beat old mark by 32%

(Newser) - Deck the halls with hails of gunfire? It turns out that Black Friday didn't just set a record for retail sales , it also set a record for the most firearms sold on a single day, reports USA Today . A stunning 129,166 firearms were sold on Nov. 25—that'... More »

Obama Orders Gun Dealers to Report Multiple Rifle Sales

Order covers border states

(Newser) - The Obama administration is ordering gun dealers in southwestern border states to report the sale of multiple semiautomatic weapons to federal authorities, in a bid to stem the flow of weapons to Mexican drug gangs. The new regulation will require the roughly 8,500 dealers in California, Arizona, New Mexico,... More »

Boy, 8, Sells Gun to Classmate for $3

Third-grade buyer showed off weapon to mother

(Newser) - This story could have had a much unhappier ending: An 8-year-old arrived at his New York City school yesterday with a loaded handgun and sold it to a third-grader for $3. The buyer took it home to show his mother; furious, she told school officials, who reported it to police.... More »

Glock Sales Surge After Arizona Spree

Gun shop owners see big jump after assault

(Newser) - In the any-publicity-is good-publicity-department: Sales of semiautomatic Glock pistols like that used in the Gabrielle Giffords shooting have spiked in Arizona and across the nation in the days following the attack, reports Bloomberg . One-day sales of the $500 Glocks were up 60% in Arizona when comparing Jan. 10 of this... More »

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