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Car Dealer Offering Free AR-15 Assault Rifles

They're similar to the weapon used in the massacre at Pulse in Orlando

(Newser) - A New Hampshire car dealer is offering each buyer a free AR-15 assault rifle, a type of weapon similar to the one used in the Orlando nightclub massacre, the AP reports. Mike Hagan owns Hagan's Motor Pool Auto Repair and Sales in Rochester. He says he's given away... More »

Former Soldier: Civilians Shouldn't Own Assault Rifles

The US is not a battlefield, Nate Bethea writes

(Newser) - Nate Bethea served as an infantry officer in the US Army from 2007 to 2014, and during that time, he fired thousands of rounds from assault rifles. "These weapons are intended for the battlefield. I don’t want an assault rifle, because I don’t want to think of... More »

Kalashnikovs Soon to Be Made in Florida

Kalashnikov USA gets approval for factory in Pompano Beach

(Newser) - Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles will be soon be made in Florida. Pompano Beach recently gave Kalashnikov USA permission to assemble the guns in the city, CNNMoney reports. UPI reports that the company will build a factory there, and the Sun-Sentinel adds that the 40,000-square-foot facility will ultimately bring 54... More »

Walmart To Stop Selling AR-15s

Retailer claims the decision was financial, not political

(Newser) - Walmart, which sells more guns and ammunition than any other retailer in the country, will stop stocking AR-15s and other high-capacity firearms known as modern sporting rifles in the coming weeks, Quartz reports. Rumors about the change were circulated yesterday and confirmed to multiple sources today. Interestingly, a Walmart spokesperson... More »

Banned by Russia Sanctions, AK-47s Flying Off Shelves

Gun buyers are clearing out dealers' inventory

(Newser) - Gun control advocates may have been thrilled with US sanctions on Russia that banned imports of AK-47s, but they probably didn't count on the huge jump in US sales of the assault rifle that resulted. Gun dealers have run out of inventory after consumers rushed to stockpile Kalashnikov AK-47s... More »

49ers Linebacker Faces Gun Charges After Party Shootout

Assault weapons found after violent fracas

(Newser) - Embattled 49ers star Aldon Smith has been charged with three counts of illegally possessing assault weapons, stemming from a party-turned-shootout at his San Jose-area abode last year. According to prosecutors, Smith, 24, was hosting upward of 100 people at his home last June when someone pulled a gun on the... More »

Ga. District's Defense Plan: Assault Rifles in Safes

Police introduced idea

(Newser) - A school district in northeast Georgia has a potential new plan against shootings: Schools would keep assault rifles in safes. One Colt carbine M4 rifle would be kept in each of three schools; the safes wouldn't unlock without the fingerprint of a school's resource officer, the Times of ... 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 »

So What Is an Assault Weapon?

With many Dems ambivalent, gun control faces big obstacles

(Newser) - A key part of President's Obama's gun control agenda is a ban on assault weapons, but both sides of the gun debate can't even agree on what is an assault weapon, much less whether to ban them, reports the New York Times . Gun control proponents generally use... More »

McChrystal: Assault Rifles Aren't for Civilians

Former general calls for 'serious action' on guns

(Newser) - Former Gen. Stanley McChrystal took a firm stance on gun control during a Morning Joe appearance today, demanding "serious action." Discussing the M-16 and M-4 assault weapons he used as a soldier, he noted that "the effects are devastating. ... That’s what our soldiers ought to carry.... 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 »

Bushmaster Gun Used in Newtown Has Lethal History

Bushmaster also used in DC sniper shootings

(Newser) - The 26 victims in the Connecticut school shooting were all shot with a semiautomatic rifle , and USA Today reports that the .223-caliber Bushmaster has a dark history: It was also used in the 2002 DC sniper killings. After those murders, a $2.5 million judgment was leveled against the gun... More »

More Than 100 Rifles Stolen From Train Car

They include 'AK-style' assault weapons

(Newser) - Federal agents are hunting for more than 100 rifles stolen from a boxcar parked in an Atlanta train yard. The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said today the weapons were taken from a CSX rail yard in the city about two weeks ago. The weapons include assault... 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 »

After 50 Years, a New Army Rifle

M16, M4 may be replaced

(Newser) - For nearly 50 years, US Army troops have relied on M4 and M16 rifles, but that could soon change. While Army leaders have long been loyal to the "combat proven" rifles, questions and complaints have arisen about their design and reliability. So the Army this week advertised its interest... 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 »

'Jesus Rifles' Draw Fire

US military firearms with coded messages raise issue of 'crusade'

(Newser) - A rifle scope commonly used by the US military is inscribed with references to the Bible. The scopes, made by Trijicon of Michigan, bear codes that refer to verses glorifying God and Jesus—even though the military, leery of being accused of waging a Crusade, bans proselytizing in Iraq and... More »

Gun-Toter's Pastor Prayed for Obama's Death

Ariz. preacher called prez 'socialist devil'

(Newser) - The man who brought an assault rifle to an Obama town hall in Arizona last week had attended a sermon the day before during which the pastor said he would “pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell,” TPM reports. “I’d like Barack Obama... More »

Dozen Gun-Toters Spotted at Obama Event

(Newser) - The man who brought an assault rifle to Barack Obama’s speech yesterday wasn’t alone. Roughly a dozen protesters were seen carrying guns, the AP reports. Phoenix police say the men didn’t need permits, and didn’t commit any crime. In fact, they say they were worried someone... More »

Another Obama Speech, Another Armed Citizen

Man brings assault rifle, pistol to health-care rally

(Newser) - President Obama's appearance at a VFW convention in Phoenix today was marked by yet another appearance of a man with a gun, the Arizona Republic reports. As separate crowds of protesters for and against health care reform rallied outside the Phoenix convention center, a man with an AR-15 rifle and... More »

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