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Seeking Good PR, IRS Busted With Wrong Capone Gun

After input from readers, the IRS has gotten its story straight

(Newser) - It was a story the Internal Revenue Service needed to get right, a we-done-good look back at the 1931 conviction of legendary gangster Al Capone for tax evasion—a feat they pulled off when no one else could get him on any other charges. Hoping for some good press, the... More »

UTexas Students Can Soon Bring Guns to Class

School prez says state law is forcing his hand

(Newser) - At the University of Texas, handguns could soon become commonplace. Once a new state law takes effect on Aug. 1, University President Gregory Fenves says he'll be forced to allow licensed concealed handgun holders 21 and older to bring guns into classrooms. State leaders passed the "campus carry"... More »

NY Sheriff Urges Gun Owners to Start Carrying

Request made 'in light of recent events'

(Newser) - In light of "recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world," it's time for people to stop leaving their guns at home, according to the sheriff of Ulster County, NY. In a Facebook post , Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum encourages "citizens of... More »

You Probably Can't Carry Your Toy Gun in Boston

If it has a marking to distinguish it from a real gun, you're OK

(Newser) - You should probably leave your toy gun at home if you're planning to be out and about in Boston. The city has banned "realistic-looking" toy handguns or "replica" handguns, NBC News and the Boston Globe report. Anyone caught with such a "gun" in a public space... More »

Woman Accidentally Kills Self With Gun in Bra

She was adjusting holster, police say

(Newser) - Bad place to conceal a weapon? A Michigan woman died last month after she accidentally shot herself in the eye with a gun she kept in her bra, USA Today reports. Christina Ford, 55, "was having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn't get it to fit the way... More »

13-Year-Old Killed by Brother in 'Cops and Robbers'

Boys playing with dad's pistol when it went off

(Newser) - Two brothers playing with their dad's handgun ended with the younger accidentally dead at the hands of the older in a game of "cops and robbers" gone horrifically wrong. As the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports, 13-year-old Suhayb Jamal Hassan, his 15-year-old brother, and an 11-year-old sister were... More »

Armed Woman Arrested Outside White House

Michigan's April Lenhart charged with carrying an unregistered firearm

(Newser) - Inside the White House, President Obama was talking immigration ; outside, Secret Service agents were making an arrest. Agents say that just before 8:30pm last night they spotted April Lenhart, 23—who NBC News reports was taking part in a demonstration—walking with a holstered 9mm handgun along the north... More »

Chatty Smoker Steals Gun From Open-Carry Guy

Oregon man robbed of his new Walter pistol, police say

(Newser) - A man openly touting his brand-new handgun in Oregon—an open-carry state—had the weapon stolen from him at gunpoint at about 2:30am Saturday, the Oregonian reports via Mediaite . Police say William Coleman, 21, was hanging with his cousin on a street in Gresham when a young man walked... More »

Boy, 11, Brought 400 Rounds of Ammo to School: Cops

Child has been arrested

(Newser) - A pretty jarring story out of Washington state, where an 11-year-old boy was last night arrested and faces an attempted murder charge following the police discovery of a handgun, more than 400 rounds of ammunition, and several knives at a Vancouver, Wash., middle school. No one was hurt in the... More »

Toddler Puts Gun in Mouth, Shoots

Boy, 2, expected to survive

(Newser) - A North Carolina toddler found a handgun in his parents' bedroom Saturday afternoon, put it in his mouth ... and the gun went off, authorities say. The Asheboro boy is "extremely lucky," a sheriff's captain tells the Winston-Salem Journal , because the bullet missed his vital organs (as well... More »

Newspaper's Gun Map Woefully Inaccurate

But that's due to data handed over by Rockland County, explains paper

(Newser) - The newspaper map of one New York county's pistol permits was riddled with problems, thanks to inaccurate data in official records, acknowledges the paper that published it. Just 3,907 of the 16,998 permit-holding households displayed on the Journal News ' Rockland County map were current; the rest... More »

Sign Up for Daily Caller's Emails, Win Gun

Site giving away handguns through Nov. 6

(Newser) - You can't make this stuff up: The Daily Caller is giving away handguns engraved with the Bill of Rights. To enter to win a gun, just sign up for one of the right-wing news site's four email newsletters; it's giving away one gun per week until Election... More »

Maryland Court Strikes Down Gun Control Law

Handgun permit system unconstitutional, judge decides

(Newser) - Maryland has no right to demand that residents explain why they need to carry a gun outside the home, a federal judge ruled yesterday, declaring the state's handgun permit system unconstitutional. The law required residents to provide a "good and substantial reason” to carry a gun, but "... More »

Virginia Repeals Gun-a-Month Limit

Gov. Bob McDonnell lifts anti-gun-running measure

(Newser) - Virginia has killed off a law enacted in 1993 to tackle gun-running. GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed a measure repealing a law that restricts residents to one handgun purchase a month , reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . Before signing, McDonnell spoke to the families of victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech... More »

Pastor's Daughter Accidentally Shot in Head at Church

Moises Zambrana was showing gun to Hannah Kelley's boyfriend

(Newser) - A Florida pastor's daughter is in critical condition after being accidentally shot in the head after church services yesterday. Church member Moises Zambrana was showing a 9mm handgun to two other men in a closet (ostensibly for safety?) at Grace Connection Church. But it accidentally went off as Zambrana... More »

Komen's New Promo: Pink Handgun?

$430 'Hope Edition' of Walther P-22 for sale

(Newser) - The Susan G. Komen Foundation may not have seen the last of controversy. Just as the group reinstates Planned Parenthood funding , news emerges that it's apparently promoting breast cancer awareness with a special pink handgun. According to WisconsinGazette.com , Komen has partnered with a gun seller to offer the... More »

Pistol in Carry-On Bag Fired by Mistake

Officer was looking over .22 when it discharged

(Newser) - Travelers heading through airport security in Atlanta yesterday got a free shot of adrenaline when a gun from a carry-on bag accidentally went off, CNN reports. A TSA screener at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport had found the .22 in a bag and given it to an Atlanta police officer—who promptly... More »

Ariz. GOP Raffles Brand of Gun Used to Shoot Giffords

For $10, Pima County Republicans could win a Glock

(Newser) - Awkward: The prize for a Republican fundraiser raffle in Arizona is … the same brand of gun used to shoot the state’s Democratic congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords. And it's in her own district: The Pima County Republican Party announced the raffle in an Aug. 26 e-newsletter, the Huffington Post... 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 »

Tot Shoots Mom Dead, Dad Questioned

Father says 2-year-old son picked up gun from table

(Newser) - Police in Florida are questioning a father who says his 2-year-old son accidentally shot and killed his mother. Troy Bailey Jr. says he left the handgun unattended on a table while visiting the victim, ABC News reports. "My son picked it up, and I tried to grab it,"... More »

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