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Target 'Respectfully' Says Leave Your Guns at Home

Even in communities where carrying a gun in public is legal

(Newser) - Please don't bring your .38 to Target anymore. The company—whose logo is, ironically, basically a shooting range target—has "respectfully" requested that customers keep their firearms at home and out of stores—even in communities where carrying a gun in public is legal, USA Today reports. Moms... More »

Chipotle to Customers: Leave Your Guns at Home

Open-carry group spurs change in policy

(Newser) - Chipotle customers, even in open-carry states, are now going to have to eat their burritos unarmed. The chain decided to ban guns after a group of people from an open-carry demonstration turned up in a Texas branch toting weapons including military-style assault rifles, the Los Angeles Times reports. The group... More »

Facebook Cracks Down on Gun Sales

Minors to be blocked from viewing gun posts

(Newser) - Facebook, under pressure from gun control groups, has agreed to start cracking down on gun ads and illegal gun sales. The company says it plans to block under-18s from viewing posts about guns and gun sales, and will start removing sales that do not require a background check, reports the... More »

Blind Florida Man Who Killed Buddy Gets His Guns Back

Was exonerated under Stand Your Ground

(Newser) - A blind man in Florida who shot and killed a drinking buddy in March 2012 has been reunited with his guns after winning immunity from prosecution last month under the state's Stand Your Ground law. The judge in Sanford—the city where George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin—on Thursday... More »

Philippines: Priests, Journos Can Carry Guns

Law relaxed for professions 'in imminent danger'

(Newser) - Pistol-packing priests may become a common sight in the Philippines with relaxed new gun laws that allow members of certain professions to arm themselves while at work. Journalists, doctors, nurses, engineers, and accountants will also be allowed to go armed under the law, which states that they are "in... More »

Judge: Chicago's Gun Ban Is Unconstitutional

But the city is allowed to let ordinance stand for now

(Newser) - A federal judge today overturned Chicago's ban on the sale of firearms, ruling that the ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional. US District Judge Edmond Chang said in his ruling that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it's also obligated to protect... More »

Indiana Hero Teen Shot Dead by Friend

Cops say he thought gun was empty

(Newser) - An Indiana teenager honored for saving two young lives with an act of heroism has had her life taken away by what appears to have been an act of incredible stupidity. Court papers say Aubrey Peters, 16, was shot dead Sunday night by a friend who was showing off his... More »

Feds: These Plastic Guns We Printed Are a Menace

3D-printable guns lethal, hard to detect, ATF warns

(Newser) - After months of creating plastic guns with 3D printers, ATF agents have confirmed that they work—a lot of the time—and can be both lethal and very hard to detect. "We downloaded files, we created firearms from those files, and we tested those firearms," said the chief... More »

Oklahoma Bigfoot Hunt Ends Very Badly

1 shot, 3 arrested, 0 Sasquatches

(Newser) - If Bigfoot is lurking in the woods of Rogers County, Oklahoma, this sounds like the wrong group to send to hunt the creature down: Three people were arrested and one was hospitalized after a hunting trip, supposedly to find Sasquatch, went incredibly wrong, News9 reports. After Omar Pinera, 21, was... More »

US Child Gun Deaths Rose 60% in 10 Years

And most came from handguns, finds new study

(Newser) - The number of US kids and teens who die from gunshot wounds in hospital has risen almost 60% in a decade, according to a new report. The study by two doctors looked at data from 1997 to 2009, and found the number of those hospitalized with gunshot wounds rose from... More »

Stats on Accidental Child Shootings Are Way Off

About half go unrecorded: report

(Newser) - Accidental shooting deaths of children may be far more common than we realize. An investigation by the New York Times found these deaths happen about twice as often as statistics indicate, because authorities often don't record them as "accidents." The Times looked at 259 accidental firearm deaths... More »

Blind Iowans Get Gun Permits

No sight, no problem under state law

(Newser) - Not being able to see what you're shooting at is no barrier to obtaining a gun license in Iowa, the Des Moines Register finds. Gun permit changes that took effect in 2011 allow even people completely without vision to carry guns in public, and while disability rights groups argue... More »

NRA Unholsters New Museum— in Gun Store

'If you are a gun person, you are going to love this place'

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association has unveiled a new museum—inside a gun store. The National Sporting Arms Museum, inside a sprawling Bass Pro store in Springfield, Mo., features close to 1,000 firearms, including ones owned by historical figures as diverse as Teddy Roosevelt, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Jesse James, Reuters... More »

Activist Plans Armed July 4 March on DC

Cops say armed marchers won't be allowed into district

(Newser) - Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh is planning an armed march on Washington—not as a War of 1812 re-enactment, but as a move to "put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny." The radio host wants supporters to carry loaded... More »

6-Year-Old Shot, Killed by 4-Year-Old Neighbor

NJ boy was shot in head with .22 rifle

(Newser) - For the second time in the space of a few days, a 4-year-old has been involved in a deadly shooting. Police say 6-year-old Brandon Holt of New Jersey died a day after being shot in the head by the other child as their parents stood in a yard nearby, CNN... More »

Ga. Town Makes Guns Mandatory

... except for people who object

(Newser) - As lawmakers in Connecticut unveiled tough new gun control measures , a small city in northern Georgia was speeding in the opposite direction. The Family Protection Ordinance that was approved unanimously by the city council in Nelson, population 1,300, makes gun ownership mandatory for all heads of household , the AP... More »

Georgia Town Would Make Residents Own a Gun

Proponents say measure necessary with just 1 cop in town

(Newser) - Residents of Nelson, Ga., could soon have more than the right to bear arms—they could be legally required to, reports WSB-TV . With just one police officer in the 1,300-person town that straddles two counties, Nelson residents face long police response times, so local officials are introducing the Family... More »

California Too Broke to Disarm Felons, Mentally Ill

State has backlog of 19K gun owners to disarm

(Newser) - People afraid the government will take their guns away might want to consider a move to California, where the state is too broke to take guns away from felons and other people it is supposed to disarm. Law enforcement officials say budget cuts have left authorities with a backlog of... More »

These Actually Exist: 3D-Printed Guns

Made from plastic, printed guns don't show up on metal detectors

(Newser) - Virtual weapons and cyber violence are poised for a massive upgrade into real-world weapons and violence, thanks to the combination of 3D printers and a group called Defense Distributed , which claims to have created downloadable plans anyone can use to "print" working gun parts, reports the AP . A University... More »

2 States Consider Arming Teachers

Proposed bills in Va., Tenn. would require armed staffers at schools

(Newser) - In the wake of the Newtown school shooting , at least two states are considering not fewer guns but more guns: Virginia and Tennessee are considering arming their teachers.
  • A Virginia state delegate is proposing a bill that would require some members of school staff to carry guns, the Washington Post
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