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Accidental Shootings Kill More Kids Than You Know

Gov't stats may actually miss a third of cases

(Newser) - Government statistics may miss a third of deadly accidental shootings involving children, according to a joint investigation from the AP and USA Today. The survey of news reports, public sources, and research data shows minors died from accidental shootings at a pace of one every other day during the first... More »

Half of US Kids Hang Out in Homes With Firearms

Some states ban pediatricians from even discussing guns with families

(Newser) - In the US, it's estimated there are now more guns than there are people, as the Washington Post reported in 2015, so it may not be too surprising that about half of children regularly spend time in homes with firearms. Less well known is that, while an average of... More »

50 Years After 'First Mass Shooting,' a New Law in Texas

Charles Whitman's rampage still echoes today

(Newser) - It's now referred to as "America's first mass shooting," and those who remember it say it certainly felt like the start of something new, strange, and horrible when Charles Whitman started shooting people at random from the University of Texas clock tower on Aug. 1, 1966.... More »

This Is the Priciest Single Firearm Ever Sold at Auction

1886 Winchester rifle was owned by man who captured Geronimo

(Newser) - An 1886 Winchester rifle that once belonged to a man who helped capture Apache leader Geronimo has sold for $1.2 million at an auction, the AP reports. The Rock Island Auction Co. of Illinois says it became the most expensive single firearm ever sold at auction when it was... More »

New TSA Record: 73 Guns in Carry-Ons in One Week

68 of those firearms were loaded

(Newser) - The week of April 15-21 was a record-breaking one for the TSA, though not a record it likely wanted to break. During that one-week span, the federal agency found 73 guns stashed in carry-on bags at airports nationwide, breaking the previous weekly record of 68 set just last October, the... More »

Sorry, but There Will Be No Guns Allowed at RNC

Secret Service weighs in on petition

(Newser) - Bad news for petitioners who wanted guns allowed at the Republican National Convention : The Secret Service says it's not gonna happen. More than 45,000 people have signed the petition , which states that "by forcing attendees to leave their firearms at home, the RNC and Quicken Loans Arena... More »

American Sniper Widow Outshoots World Champ

Taya Kyle says TrackingPoint guns should be supplied troops

(Newser) - American Sniper author Chris Kyle wasn't the only badass sharpshooter in the family. His widow, Taya Kyle, showed up NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt at a charity shootout in Pflugerville, Texas, over the weekend, hitting 100% of her shots on 29 targets using TrackingPoint precision-guided firearms. Piatt was... More »

Black Friday Broke Gun Sales Record

FBI dealt with more than 185K background checks

(Newser) - This year's Black Friday wasn't just the biggest sales day of the year, it was the biggest gun sales day in history, according to FBI data on background checks, which is seen as the best measure available for US gun sales. The agency says the National Instant Criminal... More »

Gun Store Loses Landmark Case, Owes Shot Cops $6M

Jury agrees that Badger Guns was negligent

(Newser) - It could be the biggest blow to the gun industry in years, and it came not from the White House, but from a jury in Milwaukee. On Tuesday, Badger Guns was ordered to pay $6 million to two police officers who were shot in the face with a handgun bought... More »

Texas Students Will Fight Gun Law With Sex Toys

Dildo protest organizer has been receiving death threats

(Newser) - University of Texas at Austin students opposed to a new "campus carry" gun law plan to protest with open carry—of sex toys. Organizer Jessica Jin says she finds it absurd that as of next August, license holders will be able to carry weapons inside university buildings while obscenity... More »

The Last Gun Store in SF Is Closing

Manager Steven Alcairo says he won't comply with proposed laws

(Newser) - San Francisco's last gun shop says the city has won the war after years of legislative battles, each one bringing new restrictions on how the shop does business. Around since the 1950s, High Bridge Arms will close its doors next month, reports KGO-TV . Manager Steven Alcairo says past regulations... More »

How Gun Ownership Differs in Delaware, Alaska

Researchers target 'social gun culture'

(Newser) - A third of Americans own firearms, and they are more likely to do so because of "gun culture" than a need for protection, according to a study in Injury Prevention , which, as the journal's name suggests, approaches gun ownership from a public-health angle. The researchers say gun owners... More »

Gun Ownership Rate Hits Record Low

Less than a third of Americans have gun in house

(Newser) - The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it has ever been, according to a major American trend survey that finds the decline in gun ownership is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt. According to the... More »

Don't Call Unintentional Shootings by Kids 'Accidents'

And Slate writer thinks caretakers of kids should be charged if it happens

(Newser) - A recent trio of shootings of young children in the Houston area who got their hands on loaded firearms, including a 4-year-old who was spending the night at a babysitter's home, are tragic—but don't call them accidents, Justin Peters writes in an article for Slate . In all... More »

4-Year-Old Kills Self With Babysitter's Gun

Police trying to determine how Houston boy got hold of weapon

(Newser) - A young child died yesterday in an accidental shooting in Houston. Codrick Beal, 4, had spent the night with a babysitter and family friend while his mother celebrated her birthday, when he got hold of a loaded firearm in the house yesterday morning and fatally shot himself, reports the Houston ... More »

Prof Accidentally Shoots Himself in Foot During Class

Idaho State prof's handgun was in his pocket, went off

(Newser) - Now that people with enhanced permits can carry concealed weapons on school campuses in Idaho, a professor at Idaho State University has taken the opportunity to shoot himself in the foot. Literally, and apparently by accident. The instructor was teaching chemistry on Tuesday when his small-caliber handgun, which Local News... More »

Girl, 9, With Uzi Kills Shooting Instructor

She accidentally shot him as weapon recoiled

(Newser) - A shooting range instructor in Arizona is dead after letting a 9-year-old girl fire an Uzi set to fully automatic. Police, who have released a video of the girl taking her first shots, say she safely fired the weapon in "single-shot" mode, but she lost control of the weapon... More »

Firearms Instructor Shoots Himself During Gun Lesson

11-year police veteran was teaching family members

(Newser) - If making mistakes is best way to learn, Texas firearms instructor Sgt. Heath Vanek gave his family members a great lesson last month. The Hewitt Police Department officer was teaching them to shoot, and while showing them how to clear the chamber of a jammed semi-automatic … he shot himself... More »

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 »

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