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What Became of Boy Who Shot His Sister in 1989 Accident

Sean Smith was looking for his Nintendo games; he found his father's .38 revolver

(Newser) - When Larry Smith's father gave him a .38 revolver in late spring of 1989, he took it apart and stored it in his closet. A few weeks later, when he thought he saw someone trying to enter his fenced yard, he grabbed the gun before he went outside. He... More »

Texas Students Will Fight Gun Law With Sex Toys

Dildo protest organizer has been receiving death threats

(Newser) - University of Texas at Austin students opposed to a new "campus carry" gun law plan to protest with open carry—of sex toys. Organizer Jessica Jin says she finds it absurd that as of next August, license holders will be able to carry weapons inside university buildings while obscenity... More »

Ben Carson: Guns Would Have Helped Jews During Holocaust

Presidential candidate makes another controversial remark

(Newser) - During a CNN interview Thursday that was largely spent defending his controversial comments after the Oregon campus shootings , Ben Carson made another controversial statement, this time about the Holocaust. "I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people... More »

Texas Professor Quits Over New 'Campus Carry' Law

Other faculty also up in arms

(Newser) - Starting next summer, licensed gun owners will be able to carry concealed weapons into buildings at public universities in Texas; in 2017, the same will be true at community colleges. And at least one professor is not happy about the prospect of guns in his classroom: He's resigning over... More »

Grieving Moms Sue Suburbs Over Chicago Gun Violence

They claim lax gun shop regulations are violating their civil rights

(Newser) - Two mothers from Chicago's South Side are suing three nearby suburbs and making an unusual civil-rights argument in the fight against gun violence. Their lawsuit filed July 7 claims the governments of Lyons, Lincolnwood, and Riverdale don't do enough to stop the "flood" of guns into Chicago... More »

Cops: Engineering Major Used 'Ghost Gun' to Kill Ex

Police say it had no serial number and was built online

(Newser) - A 21-year-old former Stanford student killed his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend and then himself with a "ghost gun," say police. That phrase refers to a firearm that has no serial number, and the two "ghost guns" found on the scene in Walnut Creek, Calif., were homemade firearms built with... More »

NRA Official Blames Victim for Church Massacre

Board member Charles Cotton deletes comments about Clementa Pinckney

(Newser) - An NRA board member is catching flak for blaming one of the victims in the Charleston church shooting for the deaths. On a message board he runs, Charles Cotton took issue with church leader Clementa Pinckney, who also happened to be a state senator in South Carolina. The post: "... More »

Gun Law Saved 296 Lives in One State

Connecticut law reduced gun violence by 40%, study says

(Newser) - For the past 20 years, people in Connecticut have needed a permit to buy a handgun—and that's reduced gun violence in the state by up to 40%, according to a new study. Published in the American Journal of Health , the study looks at 1995 state legislation that requires... More »

Texas Poised to Allow Open Carry of Handguns

Party-line vote heads for governor, who says he'll sign it

(Newser) - Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who immediately promised to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era. Gun owners would still have to get a... More »

Right-to-Carry Laws Linked to Violent Crime

Stanford study conflicts with previous statistical breakdowns

(Newser) - For years, gun-rights advocates cited a 1997 paper 's claim that "allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes." The National Research Council came out with its own take in 2004, saying there was "no credible evidence that 'right-to-carry' laws … either decrease or... More »

Chicago—'Chiraq' —Needs to Get Serious on Guns

Emanuel calls for unity after dozens shot this weekend

(Newser) - This weekend saw 45 people, including six kids, shot in Chicago; the weekend before, it was 37. The city has a new nickname, writes Michael Daly for the Daily Beast , and it is not a happy one: "Chiraq." And the war there demands action from President Obama, Daly... More »

Bloomberg Targets NRA With $50M Gun Control Supergroup

'We've got to make them afraid of us': former mayor

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg is making his first move on gun control since leaving office, and it's less than subtle: The former mayor is dropping $50 million to create a rival to the NRA, he tells the New York Times . Everytown for Gun Safety will use NRA-style tactics to promote gun... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Trio of Gun Rights Cases

Plus: White House faces battle over EPA rules

(Newser) - In a blow to the NRA, the Supreme Court has opted not to hear a trio of cases challenging federal and state gun laws. Two involved NRA-backed challenges to laws limiting gun rights for people under 21, Reuters reports. One of those was a Texas law banning 18- to 20-year-olds... More »

NJ to Wyoming: Butt Out of Our Gun Laws

Star-Ledger slams legal meddling with concealed-carry law

(Newser) - New Jersey's biggest newspaper isn't happy about Wyoming's attempt to meddle in its gun laws. It seems Wyoming is leading a coalition of 19 states supporting a man's Supreme Court challenge to New Jersey's concealed-carry law, and the Star-Ledger think the least populated state in... More »

Study: Repealing Gun Law Led to More Murders

Johns Hopkins study cites spike in Missouri

(Newser) - It turns out that when you make it easier to buy guns, more people wind up getting killed with guns. That's the conclusion researchers from John Hopkins University came to after studying the effects of Missouri's 2007 repeal of its "permit-to-purchase" law, which required a local sheriff... More »

House's Plastic-Gun Ban Has a Dangerous Loophole

It doesn't take into account 3D technology: Eleanor Clift

(Newser) - The good news is that the House yesterday passed in bipartisan fashion a 10-year extension of a law that requires guns to include metal parts, writes Eleanor Clift at the Daily Beast . In theory, then, the measure makes it a lot tougher to smuggle weapons through the metal detectors of,... More »

Stats on Accidental Child Shootings Are Way Off

About half go unrecorded: report

(Newser) - Accidental shooting deaths of children may be far more common than we realize. An investigation by the New York Times found these deaths happen about twice as often as statistics indicate, because authorities often don't record them as "accidents." The Times looked at 259 accidental firearm deaths... More »

Blind Iowans Get Gun Permits

No sight, no problem under state law

(Newser) - Not being able to see what you're shooting at is no barrier to obtaining a gun license in Iowa, the Des Moines Register finds. Gun permit changes that took effect in 2011 allow even people completely without vision to carry guns in public, and while disability rights groups argue... More »

Missouri Poised to Scrap All Federal Gun Laws

Democrats will join Republicans to override governor's veto

(Newser) - It looks like Missouri is about to order the federal government to butt out in terms of gun laws. The state legislature appears to have the votes to override the governor's veto of a bill that nullifies all federal gun legislation, reports the New York Times . (The AP talks... More »

Chicago Teen's Death Could Be Case of Mistaken Identity

Daquan Boyd, 18, dies the day before Illinois' gov signs new gun legislation

(Newser) - Yet another Monday brings with it stories of another bloody weekend in Chicago. The Tribune has two particularly wrenching stories:
  • In the first , an 18-year-old was shot dead on Saturday while coming home from a neighborhood festival. He was killed less than a block from a police station, in what
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