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Gun Instructor's Kids Make Video for Girl Who Shot Him

Charlie Vacca's children say they hope to meet her

(Newser) - The family of a gun instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old has a video message for the girl, Mediaite reports: "Our dad would want you to know that you should move forward with your life," says Charlie Vacca's 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. "You should not let this... More »

Family: Girl Said Uzi Was 'Too Much' for Her

They say they're praying for instructor's family

(Newser) - The family of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor in Arizona last week rushed to check she was OK after losing control of the Uzi and didn't notice the instructor had been shot until another employee ran over, according to a sheriff's office report.... More »

Coroner: Single Bullet From Uzi Killed Instructor

OSHA to review shooting-range death

(Newser) - The shooting instructor killed after letting a 9-year-old girl fire an Uzi was hit by a single bullet when she lost control of the weapon, the coroner says. Charles Vacca, a 39-year-old instructor at Arizona's Bullets and Burgers, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner... More »

Range Owner: Uzi Death Was First-Ever Accident

Bullets and Burgers reopens shooting range

(Newser) - The Last Stop outdoor shooting range at Bullets and Burgers in Arizona is open for business again, days after a deadly accident that made headlines around the world. A 9-year-old girl firing an Uzi accidentally killed an instructor at the range Monday, but the owner says that was the first... 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 »

Feinstein to Cruz on Guns: 'I'm Not a Sixth-Grader'

Senate panel approves assault weapons ban, but it looks doomed

(Newser) - It got testy on Capitol Hill today as the Senate Judiciary Committee debated gun legislation. After Ted Cruz suggested that Dianne Feinstein's proposal to ban assault weapons was unconstitutional, she shot back: “I'm not a sixth-grader,” reports the Hill . "It's fine you want to... More »

Assault Weapon Advocates: Boycott NY Gun Law

Some assault rifle owners will refuse to register weapons

(Newser) - Assault rifle owners in New York aren't taking the state's new gun laws lying down: They're arranging a boycott of part of the law, with gun rights activists urging all assault rifle owners not to register their weapons. Under the new law, such weapons must be registered... More »

Ex Aussie PM: We Banned Assault Weapons, So Can US

John Howard discusses how Australia did it, and the results

(Newser) - In the New York Times today, John Howard details how he, as then-prime minister of Australia, got an assault weapons ban passed after a massacre in which 35 people were killed with semiautomatic weapons. He doesn't want to "lecture" America on the matter, he writes, and acknowledges there... More »

Supplier Sells 3.5 Years of AR-15 Mags in 3 Days

Brownells rep apologizes for delays

(Newser) - More apparent fallout from the Connecticut shooting : Sales of AR-15 magazines are so through the roof that the world's biggest firearm supplier apologized this week for delays, Raw Story reports. "It really has been unprecedented in the last 5 days," wrote a spokesman from Brownells on the... More »

The One Debate We Won't Hear: Gun Control

Obama, Romney want to avoid this hot potato: Gail Collins

(Newser) - Benghazi? Check. Unemployment? Check. Health care? Well, of course. Yet despite the 43 multiple shootings in America over the last year, Mitt Romney and President Obama simply aren't debating gun control in the 2012 election, writes Gail Collins at the New York Times . She gives "a cheer" for... More »

Carrying Guns Everywhere Won't Protect Us

It's time for a ban on semiautomatic weapons: Andrew Jensen

(Newser) - Andrew Jensen joined the military after students from nearby Columbine High transferred to his Littleton, Colo., school after the 1999 massacre. At the time, he wanted to help protect his family and friends. Yet he wasn’t in Aurora, Colo.—where his dad and brother now live—when James... More »

Luxury Machine Gun Range? Vegas Has It

'Machine Guns Vegas' seeks high-rolling clientele

(Newser) - Tired of the same old bars and shows when you vacation in Las Vegas? Now, for a few hundred dollars, you can rent bona fide automatic weapons and fire them until the floor is piled high with shells, the New York Times reports. Machine Guns Vegas, with its black-clad hostesses... More »

NYC Probes Arizona Gun Show

Investigators who 'probably couldn't pass background check' sold guns

(Newser) - Private investigators sent by New York City found it all too easy to buy semiautomatic pistols at an Arizona gun show, even after telling the dealer that they "probably couldn't" pass a background check. The shows are exempt from background checks but dealers are barred from selling weapons to... More »

Bridegroom Firing AK-47 Kills Own Father

Turkish man arrested after losing control of weapon

(Newser) - A Turkish man has been arrested after firing an AK-47 to celebrate his wedding and accidentally killing his father and two aunts. Celebratory gunshots are a tradition the Turkish government has tried and failed to stamp out, notes the BBC . The bridegroom lost control of the automatic assault rifle and... More »

Guns Failed US Troops in Afghan Firefight

M-4, built for extreme conditions, jammed repeatedly in heavy fire

(Newser) - As militants surrounded the remote Afghanistan base of Wanat on July 13, 2008, Staff Sgt. Erich Phillips' M-4 carbine quit firing. The machine gun he grabbed in desperation didn't work, either. When the battle ended, nine US soldiers lay dead and 27 more were wounded. A detailed study of the... More »

NY Gunman Fired 98 Shots in a Minute

Barrage from Wong's 2 handguns killed most of 13 victims instantly

(Newser) - Jiverly Wong unleashed 98 shots within a little more than a minute in his shooting spree last week at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, NY, police said today. The Vietnamese immigrant carried a 9mm Beretta and a .45-caliber handgun, and a bag of full ammunition clips. Nearly all of... More »

German Gunman Was Calm, Ruthless: Witnesses

Witnesses describe student's rampage

(Newser) - Tim Kretschmer was calm and silent as he gunned down his former classmates today in southern Germany, witnesses tell the Telegraph. Kretschmer, 17, moved between classrooms dispatching his victims—mainly girls—with a weapon he’d brought from home. The only words survivors heard him say were “Aren’t... More »

New York Cops to Get Machine Gun Training

Academy recruits prepare for Mumbai copycat attacks

(Newser) - The New York Police Department is preparing for the possibility of a Mumbai-style terrorist attack on multiple targets by training all 1,000 of its latest recruits to use M4 automatic machine guns, the New York Post reports. The 2,000 officers in the Organized Crime Control Bureau will get... More »

T.I. Will Get Jail Sentence in Weapons Rap

Community service first for rapper, who faces year behind bars

(Newser) - Rapper T.I.—aka Clifford Harris—pleaded guilty today in Atlanta to weapons charges, the AP reports. Harris will have to spend about a year in jail but must complete 1,500 hours of community service first; he also faces three years' house arrest and a $100,000 fine.... More »

Gunman Shoots 8 at LA Bus Stop

5 kids hit as thug sprays crowd with semiautomatic

(Newser) - Five children and three adults were wounded yesterday when a gunman opened fire on a crowded South Los Angeles bus stop minutes after classes ended at a nearby middle school. The school was locked down as police hunted for the shooter, who fired some 15 rounds into the crowd with... More »

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