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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 »

Cops Suspect 2-Year-Old Fatally Shot Father

They were reportedly the only people at home at the time

(Newser) - Police say a 31-year-old Alabama man may have been shot dead by his 2-year-old son, NBC News reports. The boy's mother returned home from work yesterday to find Divine Chambliss lying dead on a bed, according to AL.com . NBC reports Chambliss had been shot in the head. There... More »

Sports Bra's Underwire Saves Woman From Harm

Cyclists meandered into middle of a wild boar hunt

(Newser) - When a 41-year-old woman and her husband were cycling while on vacation outside of Hamburg, Germany, they accidentally wandered into the middle of a wild boar hunt. They heard rifle fire and the woman felt a flash of pain in her chest. A stray bullet had hit her—but was... 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 »

Boy, 11, Charged in Fatal Shooting of Brother, 3

Police say it was accidental, but youth faces manslaughter

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy who allegedly shot and killed his 3-year-old brother in Detroit is facing criminal charges, though police say the shooting was accidental. It took place Monday after the 11-year-old got a gun from his father's bedroom closet and threw it out the window into the backyard, where... 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 »

Background Check Lapse Let Dylann Roof Buy His Gun

If records were entered correctly, purchase would have been denied

(Newser) - Dylann Roof should not have been able to buy the gun he's accused of using to kill nine people inside a South Carolina church. Because Roof had admitted possessing drugs following an arrest in February, his purchase of the .45-caliber handgun should have been denied, says the FBI.... More »

How Gun Ownership Differs in Delaware, Alaska

Researchers target 'social gun culture'

(Newser) - A third of Americans own firearms, and they are more likely to do so because of "gun culture" than a need for protection, according to a study in Injury Prevention , which, as the journal's name suggests, approaches gun ownership from a public-health angle. The researchers say gun owners... More »

Every Public University in America Is Now Armed

University of Rhode Island police to start carrying guns

(Newser) - University of Rhode Island campus police will start carrying guns tomorrow, making it the final public university in the nation to arm its officers. The move to arm police came after a false alarm in 2013, when some students in a lecture hall thought they heard someone say they had... More »

Nearly 10% of Us Have Both Anger Issues and Guns

Researchers say identifying more serious mental health issues won't do the trick

(Newser) - When Duke University researchers asked subjects to reveal a) if they've ever exhibited impulsive angry behavior, and b) if they have easy access to a gun, 8.9% of them copped to such anger management issues and a gun in their home, while 1.5% of them admitted to... More »

Gun Ownership Rate Hits Record Low

Less than a third of Americans have gun in house

(Newser) - The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it has ever been, according to a major American trend survey that finds the decline in gun ownership is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt. According to the... More »

Don't Call Unintentional Shootings by Kids 'Accidents'

And Slate writer thinks caretakers of kids should be charged if it happens

(Newser) - A recent trio of shootings of young children in the Houston area who got their hands on loaded firearms, including a 4-year-old who was spending the night at a babysitter's home, are tragic—but don't call them accidents, Justin Peters writes in an article for Slate . In all... More »

3-Year-Old Shoots Both Parents With One Shot

Woman is pregnant; pair may face charges

(Newser) - A 3-year-old New Mexico boy going for an iPod in his mom's purse instead found a loaded handgun and managed to shoot both of his parents with one shot in the motel where the family was living, reports the Albuquerque Journal . The bullet hit the father in the right... More »

Couple Told Baby to Put Gun in Mouth, Say 'Pow': Cops

Police find video of girl, 1, playing with gun

(Newser) - It may be a bit early in 2015 to be handing out the Parents of the Year Award, but a man and woman in Indiana are certainly contenders: Police say they found a cellphone video featuring Michael Barnes, 19, and Toni Wilson, 22, encouraging a 1-year-old baby girl to place... More »

Dad Accidentally Shoots Self, Kid at Physical Therapy

Corrections officer's gun went off as he was putting it in pocket

(Newser) - A father-daughter pair in Fairbanks left physical therapy a little worse for the wear after the dad's gun accidentally discharged as he was taking it out of a holster and putting it in a jacket pocket. The man, a corrections officer not being named by the News Miner , was... More »

SC Schools May Teach Gun Training

House bill calls for 3-week study of 2nd Amendment

(Newser) - Two new bills could bring gun education, including gun training, to South Carolina students. The first is from Rep. Alan Clemmons, who tells WCIV that teachers don't focus enough on the Second Amendment, and that a lack of knowledge about guns and gun safety implies "the gun is... More »

7 Ways Floridians Have Accidentally Shot Themselves

Black Friday this year was the third busiest day ever for gun sales in Florida

(Newser) - This year, Black Friday marked the third busiest day for gun sales in Florida, the state with the most registered concealed weapons permits. And just this month, Florida was ranked second in the US in school shootings since Sandy Hook two years ago, trailing only neighboring Georgia, reports Miami New ... More »

Guns: the Hot New Christmas Gift for the Ladies

Retailers see a new trend

(Newser) - The hot new trend in Christmas gifts for women? Guns, the Washington Post reports. Gun store owners say more and more husbands are giving their wives firearms, and the Post points to a few specific examples, like the woman whose husband had an AR-15 specially designed for her, using lighter... More »

Guy Kills 3-Year-Old in Game of 'Gun Tag'

26-year-old says he was intoxicated and didn't know the gun was loaded

(Newser) - Loaded guns, booze, and a toddler proved tragic in Montana last week when a 26-year-old man who said he was playing "gun tag" with a 3-year-old at a home north of Missoula shot and killed the boy. Galen Hawk had reportedly been drinking whiskey and alcoholic lemonade when he... More »

Guns OK in Nebraska Senior Photos If 'Tasteful'

Nebraska school district issues new rule

(Newser) - It's a new twist on the guns-in-schools debate: A district in central Nebraska has told seniors it's OK to pose with firearms in their senior portraits, which are taken off campus. The students in the Broken Bow district, however, have to abide by a few rules, reports the... More »

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