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AR-15 Inventor's Family: He'd Be 'Sickened' by Mass Shootings

Eugene Stoner's kids, grandkids say he designed the rifle for military use only, not civilians

(Newser) - When Eugene Stoner designed "America's gun" (aka the AR-15) in the late 1950s, which was adopted for use by the Army as the M16, his goal was to create the "most efficient and superior" rifles for military use and give them a leg up over the Soviets'... More »

LAPD Testing Knife Allegedly Found on OJ's Property

Though police spokesman warns the entire story could be 'bogus'

(Newser) - An LAPD spokesman has confirmed a TMZ report that detectives are investigating a knife said to have been found on the former estate of OJ Simpson—possibly a weapon involved in the stabbings that killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the AP reports. LAPD Capt. Andy Neiman said the... More »

TMZ Has Crazy Story About an OJ Knife

If true, this could be huge

(Newser) - Its sources are just that—"sources," with no more specific identifiers other than that they're in law enforcement—but TMZ has an incredible story about an allegedly hush-hush investigation being conducted by the LAPD in connection with a knife supposedly found on the perimeter of the former... More »

The US Makes Billions Selling Weapons to Nearly 100 Countries

Weapons are the global business, and business is booming

(Newser) - The global weapons trade is booming, Vice reports, citing numbers from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute that show it grew 14% between 2011 and 2015. That's not surprising—between "tensions in Asia" and a "state of total melt-down" in the Middle East, according to the BBC... More »

Easter Island May Not Have Collapsed Due to War After All

Obsidian artifacts were likely just general tools, not weapons

(Newser) - The ancient civilization of Rapa Nui, more commonly called Easter Island and a part of modern-day Chile, has long been thought to have been brought to its knees before Europeans arrived by violent infighting as precious resources ran out. But now anthropologists from Binghamton University in New York are publishing... More »

Impressive Arsenal Found in Car Outside Mass. Stadium

A 48-year-old man was arrested and faces a litany of charges

(Newser) - A meat cleaver, a stun gun, a katana, and a crossbow. Those are just a few pieces of the impressive arsenal found inside the car of a man in an employee parking lot at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, CBS Boston reports. Police say 48-year-old Matthew Bromson was acting suspicious... More »

China Fumes as US Hawks $1.8B in Weapons to Taiwan

It says transaction 'severely' damages China's sovereignty

(Newser) - The US stands by the "one-China" policy, but that doesn't mean it can't sell weapons directly to Taiwan, citing ithe Taiwan Relations Act to ensure Taiwan can adequately defend itself—and China isn't happy about it. The Obama administration announced a $1.8 billion arms package... More »

Cops Find Spiked Bats Throughout San Francisco

Nearly 30 have been found around the city since Thanksgiving

(Newser) - San Francisco police are asking for help leading to those chaining up spiked baseball bats to poles throughout the city. Sgt. Michael Andraychak says officers first received reports of wooden or metal baseball bats appearing on poles and parking meters in the city on Thanksgiving morning. Andraychak says 27 bats... More »

California Police Department to Use Nunchucks

They're sometimes better than a baton, one sergeant says

(Newser) - If you run into a police officer in Anderson, California, don't be surprised if he's sporting some nunchucks instead of a baton. The Northern California police department is outfitting its 20 officers with the weapon popularized by Bruce Lee because it wanted another nonlethal way to bring a... More »

Pulled From SC River: 3 Civil War Cannons

Archaeologists say they were dumped off Confederate warship in Pee Dee River

(Newser) - Over the past two decades, Bob Butler has dived down to the bottom of South Carolina's Pee Dee River and discovered not one (in 1995), not two (in 2006), but three (final one in 2013) Civil War-era cannons he says were dropped off a Confederate warship, the State reports.... More »

WWII Tank Was Stashed in 78-Year-Old's Cellar

Prosecutors previously found stolen Nazi art in the pensioner's villa

(Newser) - It took 20 soldiers almost nine hours to remove a World War II "Panther" tank from a pensioner's cellar in a wealthy community in northern Germany—and that's in spite of the fact that the German army sent in modern recovery tanks to help confiscate the vintage... More »

Pentagon Unveils Futuristic New 'Railgun'

The weapon's projectiles hit like 'a freight train': official

(Newser) - The Navy's latest weapon is an electromagnetic "railgun" designed to fire projectiles fast and far without using gunpowder as a propellant, the Washington Post reports. Unveiled at a Navy expo this week, the weapon uses electromagnetic impulses to shoot projectiles at up to seven times the speed of... More »

Military Destroys Hypersonic Weapon During Test

Weapon supposedly able to strike anywhere on planet in an hour

(Newser) - The US military tested a hypersonic weapon in Alaska yesterday, and things didn't go according to plan. Within four seconds of its launch, the weapon was destroyed by authorities due to a problem, Reuters reports; an expert says it was a computer issue. For public safety reasons, "we... More »

Thousands of Bullying Victims Pack Guns to School

And knives and clubs too, study says

(Newser) - Bullied high-school students are bringing hundreds of thousands of clubs, knives, and guns onto school grounds—at a time when student-on-student violence has stunned and baffled the nation, NBC News reports. According to data extrapolated from a CDC survey , bullying victims who are injured or threatened by a weapon at... More »

Japan PM Chucks Ban on Exporting Weapons

Country looks to maintain regional power balance

(Newser) - In 1967, Japan banned weapons exports—first to selected countries, then worldwide. Now, PM Shinzo Abe is ditching those rules, the New York Times reports. A key reason: As China exhibits growing military strength, Abe wants "to maintain the balance of power in the region," an expert says.... More »

Zimmerman Search Turned Up Lots of Weapons, Ammo

He ditches public defender for private lawyer

(Newser) - Cops found a hefty cache of weapons and ammo at the home George Zimmerman shared with his girlfriend after his arrest on domestic violence charges last week, CNN reports. A search turned up three handguns, a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, and 106 rounds of ammunition, according to court documents... More »

US to Provide Syria Rebels With Weapons

Decision follows conclusion regime used chemical agents

(Newser) - Now that the US has determined that Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons, the Obama administration intends to help arm Syrian rebels, officials tell the New York Times . The US will send light arms and ammunition; antitank weapons are also a possibility. Rebel leaders have called for antiaircraft weapons,... More »

Dzhokhar Had No Guns During Boat Onslaught

Officials talk to 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - As Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hid on a boat in Watertown , law enforcement let bullets fly—but the suspect himself didn't have a gun, officials tell the Washington Post . During the half-hour before his capture, police were engulfed in "the fog of war," says one law-enforcement source; some cited... More »

Iran, N. Korea, Syria Block UN Arms Trade Treaty

Other countries to keep pushing for pact

(Newser) - Iran, North Korea, and Syria blocked adoption of a UN treaty that would regulate the multibillion-dollar international arms trade for the first time, saying it fails to ban sales to terrorists, but other countries refused to let the treaty die. The treaty's adoption required agreement by all 193 UN... More »

Military Bans Mortars After Marine Deaths

Pentagon issues mortar moratorium following deadly training disaster

(Newser) - The Pentagon has issued a "blanket suspension" on all 60mm mortar rounds until it can figure out what went wrong in the tragic mortar blast that killed seven Marines in Nevada on Monday night, reports CBS . The move follows an earlier ban on rounds that were manufactured along with... More »

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