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Pentagon to Destroy $1.2B in Ammunition

Outdated systems causing huge amounts of waste

(Newser) - Ammunition worth $1.2 billion, much of it still usable, is going to go up in smoke because the Pentagon is using antiquated inventory systems and different service branches can't share data effectively, a Government Accountability Office report says. Despite decades of trying to develop a single database, only... More »

Testimony That Made Pistorius Vomit Released

Expert says he used rare, maximum-damage bullets

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend almost instantly with expanding, hollow-point bullets designed to cause maximum damage, a pathologist said yesterday in testimony so graphic it made the athlete vomit . The judge banned live reporting of the expert's testimony, which included detailed autopsy results, but later decided that journalists could... More »

Explosion Hits NJ Naval Base

8 injured, 1 seriously

(Newser) - Eight people were injured, one seriously, in an explosion at a New Jersey naval base today. The blast hit at about 9am during routine boat maintenance at Naval Weapons Station Earle, which provides ammunition and explosives for vessels, the AP reports. Navy officials say no ammo was actually involved in... More »

Bullet Shortage? Just Make Your Own

Ammo shortage inspires new DIY hobby: 'reloading'

(Newser) - The latest DIY craft trend is not being led by mustachioed 20-somethings in Brooklyn, Austin, or Portland. It's the hot new thing amongst gun owners, who have taken to making their own bullets due to a nationwide shortage. With gun control featuring heavily in current political discourse, Americans are... More »

Santa Monica Gunman Had 1K+ Bullets

Shooter's family had troubled past

(Newser) - The man who killed five people in the Santa Monica shooting rampage was carrying enough ammunition to cause some serious casualties, sources close to the investigation tell the Los Angeles Times . John Zawahri, who died in a gun battle with police, was armed with AR-15-type semiautomatic rifle and at least... More »

No More Big Ammunition Magazines for Colorado

Hickenlooper says he'll sign bill, which state Senate, House passed

(Newser) - A bill limiting ammunition magazines to 15 rounds has cleared Colorado's legislature, meaning all it needs to become law is Gov. John Hickenlooper's signature—which he has said he'll provide. The bill passed the state Senate on Monday and state House yesterday, 34-30; three Democrats joined the... More »

'Military' Ammo Burns Down Texas Gun Range

Shooter probably won't face criminal charges

(Newser) - Whoops: A guy firing military-style bullets sparked a four-alarm fire yesterday that burned down a gun range in Dallas, KVUE reports. About 50 people escaped the range unharmed, but the one-story building was toast and a firefighter suffered from smoke inhalation. Witnesses heard stored ammunition "popping" inside as fire... More »

LA Man Threatens Copycat Shooting

Kyle Bangayan, 24, has since been arrested

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-area 24-year-old was arrested yesterday after allegedly making a Facebook threat to kill young school children. Kyle Bangayan was arrested at his parents' home, a search of which turned up nine guns, all seized by police, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police found "no related evidence" at... More »

Social Security Orders 174K Bullets

'Routine' buy fuels conspiracy theories

(Newser) - A routine purchase request from the Social Security Administration has caused a flood of conspiracy theories, reports AP . The agency posted a notice that it's buying 174,000 hollow-point bullets, causing some to believe that it was stockpiling ammo to put down civil unrest. A retired major-general at the... More »

Dems Unveil Bill That Would Ban Online Ammo Sales

Bill would require a photo ID to buy ammo

(Newser) - A pair of Democrats say they plan to introduce a bill that would effectively ban online ammunition sales by requiring buyers to show a photo ID when buying ammo, the LA Times reports. "It's one thing to buy a pair of shoes online, but it should take more... More »

Ammo Caps Explode at Miami Airport

Bomb squad moves in as primer caps blow up when worker unloads bag

(Newser) - Hundreds of bullet detonation caps exploded in a passenger's luggage at Miami International Airport yesterday, triggering a terror scare. A 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with transportation of hazardous materials after the caps blew up as a baggage handler unloaded the suitcase from the Boston plane onto the tarmac.... More »

Officer Leaves Loaded Gun Magazine on Plane

But don't worry: He'll receive remedial training!

(Newser) - What with all the new "enhanced" airport security procedures, passengers on a recent Southwest flight were probably pretty surprised to find a loaded gun magazine on their plane. After landing in Phoenix yesterday, a child crawled off his mother's lap and knocked the gun magazine out of a seat-back... More »

Police Chief's 'Stolen' Arsenal Found in Kids' Fort

Minn. chief finds ammo, grenades in own backyard

(Newser) - It may be some time before the police chief of Sebeka, Minn., lives down the loss of police equipment to what must have been America's best-protected backyard fort. Eric Swenson called law enforcement Friday to report that stun grenades, gas grenades, gas shotgun rounds, loaded magazines for both a handgun... More »

Ammo Supply Can't Keep Up With Demand

Fearing tighter laws under Obama, 12B rounds fly off shelves

(Newser) - Crime is down, gun control is on Obama's back burner, and Americans are buying more ammunition than factories can produce. While there are economic reasons—supply is off as the war effort eats up necessary materials—Americans have still managed to buy 12 billion rounds in the past year, up... More »

US-Issued Ammo Found on Afghan Insurgents

Experts fear Pentagon-procured munitions finding their way to Taliban

(Newser) - The resilience of Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency may be partly due to supplies from the US, according to a New York Times investigation. The majority of 30 rifle magazines recently found on dead insurgents were the same as those issued to the Afghan military by the US, strongly suggesting that Pentagon-supplied... More »

Today's Hot Investment: Guns

or: Fearing New Laws, Buyers Stock Up on Guns

(Newser) - Guns sales are booming as buyers, fearing an Obama administration crackdown on the sale of assault weapons, are looking to safeguard their homes—and their retirement, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some gun enthusiasts see semiautomatic weapons as a smart investment that’s sure to gain value if new restrictions... More »

French Pols Receive Death Threats—Along With Bullets

(Newser) - Seven French politicians, including President Nicolas Sarkozy, have received death threats accompanied by live ammunition, the Independent reports. The letters, which included 9mm rounds, were signed by an unknown group called Solidarity Earth. Though the name perhaps suggests an environmental group, and anti-terrorism officials are investigating, those in the know... More »

Pentagon Aims for Target-Seeking Bullet

'Can't miss' sniper round being developed

(Newser) - The Pentagon wants to develop a bullet that can change course in midflight to seek its target, Wired reports. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency yesterday committed $22 million to producing the superbullet—"an actively controlled .50 caliber projectile that uses information for real time directional flight control"—... More »

Post-Election Gun Sales Spike

Some afraid of bans; others expect civil unrest

(Newser) - Gun sales were up before the election, but the numbers have shot through the roof since Barack Obama's win, the Chicago Tribune reports. As stores sell out of assault rifles and enthusiasts stock up on Glocks, people offered a few different reasons for their purchases. Some anticipate new weapons bans;... More »

Ammo Maker Woos Hunters as War Wanes

ATK, the largest ammunition manufacturer in the US, turns to civilian market

(Newser) - Upstart ammunition maker Alliant Techsystems rode the military buildup in Iraq and Afghanistan to become the largest manufacturer of small- and medium-caliber ammo in the US, reports BusinessWeek. Now, with possible troop drawdowns on the horizon, the company is targeting a new market—hunters—with premium ammunition. "We've really... More »

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