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Man Sentenced for Pointing Shotgun at 7-Year-Old Girl Scout

She knocked on his door hoping to sell cookies

(Newser) - The 61-year-old California man who pointed a loaded shotgun at a 7-year-old girl trying to sell him Girl Scout cookies was sentenced to six months in jail on Friday, the Press Enterprise reports. The unnamed Girl Scout was selling cookies out of her Radio Flyer wagon in 2014 when she... More »

Homemade Shotgun Backfires on Kid, 13

Teen built gun with instructions found online: police

(Newser) - An Arizona teen underwent surgery on Sunday after accidentally shooting himself with a homemade shotgun he'd assembled with instructions found online. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the 13-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he tried to fire the weapon and was hit in the rib cage by a projectile... More »

Boy Who Killed Girl Over Puppies Used Gun in Closet

The 12-gauge shotgun, unlocked in closet, belonged to his dad

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his 8-year-old neighbor when she refused to show him her puppies got the 12-gauge shotgun used in the shooting from an unlocked closet in his mobile home in White Pine, Tenn., police say. Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig tells the Washington Post the... More »

Boy, 11, Allegedly Killed 8-Year-Old Girl Over Puppy

Shooting occurs about 40 miles east of Knoxville

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy has been charged with murder after he killed his 8-year-old neighbor, police said, and witnesses say it was because the girl wouldn't let him see her puppy. Deputies were called to the neighborhood in White Pine, about 40 miles east of Knoxville, on Saturday night. The... More »

Cops: Cornell Student Kills CEO Dad

Charles Tan, 19, charged with shooting father multiple times with a shotgun

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Cornell University sophomore was arraigned on second-degree murder charges in western New York this morning in the shotgun slaying of his father, the CEO of a local company, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . Police responded to a domestic incident in the sleepy upscale suburb of Pittsford last... 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 »

Teen Shot by Neighbor While TPing Principal's Yard

Dale Bryant Farris now facing charges

(Newser) - A bunch of Tennessee teenagers were busily TPing their principal's house when a 15-year-old boy among them got shot—and it wasn't even the principal who pulled the trigger. Police say a neighbor, 65-year-old Dale Bryant Farris, fired at least two shots from his 20-gauge shotgun during the... More »

Tucson Group Will Give Free Shotguns to Residents

Organizer says push will be in high-crime zones

(Newser) - A former mayoral candidate in Tucson plans to provide residents of high-crime neighborhoods with free shotguns to defend themselves, reports the Arizona Daily Star . Shaun McClusky has raised $12,000 for the project so far, and his group plans to hand out the first weapons within 60 days. He figures... More »

Biden: 'Buy a Shotgun, Buy a Shotgun'

Vice president says semi-automatics aren't necessary

(Newser) - This isn't as weird as it sounds in full context, but Joe Biden today urged people to buy shotguns while speaking at a town hall hosted by Parents magazine. During the forum, Biden took a question from someone who asked whether a proposed ban on semi-automatic weapons would put... More »

California School Shooter Had Hit List of Bullies

Suspect often talked about killing, students describe him as 'weird'

(Newser) - It looks like earlier reports about bullying playing a key part in yesterday's California school shooting were right. The 16-year-old unnamed shooter allegedly composed a list of students he wanted to kill last year, and told authorities he had been bullied for more than a year, reports the Bakersfield ... More »

Man Makes Shotgun Out of Super Soaker

Surprise: Randy Smith then finds himself arrested

(Newser) - Beware the toys of summer. A 54-year-old man faces a long list of charges after being spotted by Fresno, Calif., police with a Super Soaker around his neck, reports KMPH . The illegal part? The water gun had been refashioned as a shotgun, and Randy Smith just so happened to be... More »

Canada Scrapping Gun Registry

Conservatives to destroy rifle, shotgun database

(Newser) - Canada's government has decided to stop trying to keep track of every shotgun and rifle in the country. The ruling Conservative party has introduced legislation to scrap the nation's controversial long-gun registry, reports the Globe and Mail . The party plans to destroy the registry's database to ensure... More »

Angry Man With Shotgun Just Wanted Some McDonald's

Fear of wife's rage drives him to stupid act

(Newser) - A Missouri man thought a shotgun would help cure his and his wife's McDonald's craving—and ended up in jail. Chris Brooks Heuring became angry when he pulled up to a McDonald's at 11:40 pm Saturday only to be told they were closed. He ordered an employee to open... More »

Dick Cheney Still Owes Hunting Victim an Apology

Post catches up with the man he shot, Harry Whittington

(Newser) - The Washington Post catches up with Harry Whittington, who gained unwanted renown 5 years ago when Dick Cheney shot him in a hunting accident. The 82-year-old still has about 30 tiny pieces of lead in his body, a "warble" from a damaged larynx, and his blood-stained hunting vest, but... More »

Hunting Dog Steps on Gun, Shoots Master

Calif. man sustains minor injury when shot hits him in the back

(Newser) - A man out hunting with his dog got a small taste of how ducks must feel when the dog accidentally shot him. The hunter left his shotgun with his Labrador retriever and went to collect some decoy ducks he’d left about 15 yards away. The dog stepped on the... More »

Ex-NBA Star Jayson Williams Gets 18 Months in Driver's Death

Shotgun blast killed chauffeur in 2002

(Newser) - Former NBA star Jayson Williams pleaded guilty today to aggravated assault charges stemming from the 2002 accidental shooting death of limo driver Costas Christofi at Williams's New Jersey estate. Under a plea deal, Williams will serve at least 18 months. The former Nets star faces myriad other legal troubles, including... More »

Woman Kills Intruder While on Line to 911

Police didn't get there before he broke in

(Newser) - An Oklahoma woman shot and killed an intruder while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. 57-year-old Donna Jackson called 911, shotgun in hand, when she heard someone trying to break into her home last Friday—but before police could get there, the man, 53-year-old Billy Riley, hurled a patio... More »

Shot Fired at Dobbs' Home

Bullet struck siding but didn't penetrate

(Newser) - A gun was fired at CNN commentator Lou Dobbs’ home while his wife and chauffeur talked outside earlier this month, New Jersey state police said today. Dobbs said the shot came after “weeks and weeks” of threatening phone calls—which he had not reported to police because of their... More »

Boy Charged With Killing Father's Pregnant Lover

She was eight months pregnant with a boy

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy has been charged with using his shotgun to shoot dead his father's girlfriend, who was eight month pregnant, reports the New York Daily News. The boy shot the 26-year-old woman in the head as she lay in bed in the family's farmhouse, then cooly climbed on... More »

Lover Airs NIU Shooter's Letter

'Don't forget me,' killer told girlfriend in final love letter

(Newser) - The girlfriend of the gunman who murdered five students at Northern Illinois University Thursday talked to him every day last week, including the night before the shooting spree, and detected nothing amiss. "He wasn't erratic. He wasn't delusional. He was Steve; he was normal," Jessica Baty, 28, told... More »

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