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Walmart Very Sorry About Back-to-School Gun Display

'Own school year like a hero' sign apparently wasn't supposed to be over a gun case

(Newser) - Retailers are currently in the middle of the back-to-school frenzy, but Walmart is taking heat after someone snapped a photo of a glass display case filled with guns underneath a sign that reads, "Own the school year like a hero." CNNMoney reports that picture has gone viral on... More »

Bride Allegedly Pulls Gun From Dress, Opens Fire

So much for wedded bliss

(Newser) - "She pulled out of her wedding dress a 9mm pistol, pointed it at her new husband's head, and pulled the trigger." That's how a police officer sums up what could go down in history as the worst bridezilla moment ever. Authorities were called to a motel... More »

Latin America's Longest Conflict Steps Toward Its End

Colombia's FARC guerrillas lay down nearly all arms, declare end to insurgency

(Newser) - Colombia reached a major milestone on its road to peace Tuesday as leftist rebels gave up some of their last weapons and declared an end to their half-century insurgency. The historic step was taken as President Juan Manuel Santos traveled to a demobilization camp in Colombia's eastern jungles to... More »

Teen Shoots Twin in Head While Aiming for Snake

No charges are expected in the fatal shooting

(Newser) - Authorities say a 14-year-old boy accidentally shot his twin brother to death when he fired at a snake Monday in Texas. Liberty County Sheriff's Office says they don't anticipate any charges to be filed in the shooting. Sheriff's officials said the twin who was shot died Tuesday... More »

Teen Fatally Shoots Girlfriend; No Charges Are Expected

Brennan Fields was playing with the gun, a gift from his girlfriend's father

(Newser) - A 19-year-old woman in Tennessee is dead after she was accidentally shot by her boyfriend with a gun her father gave him as a graduation gift, the Commercial Appeal reports. Brennan Fields, 18, had taken apart the pistol and put it back together Thursday night; he didn't realize there... More »

There's a Hidden Hazard in the Air at Gun Ranges

After reports of poisonings, DoD tightens safety standard for lead in blood

(Newser) - Visiting a shooting range is not without risk, and we aren't talking about deadly accidents . Lead dust discharged by firearms is the leading cause of lead poisoning outside the workplace, the Seattle Times reported in a lengthy 2014 investigation. Each time a gun filled with lead-based ammunition is fired,... More »

Court Rules Against Man Who Brandished Finger Gun

Attempted first-degree robbery conviction stands for Charles Smith

(Newser) - Charles Smith's gun may have been fake, but a New York Court of Appeals ruling against him is very real. Per the Wall Street Journal , the court decided Tuesday to retain Smith's conviction of attempted first-degree robbery instead of reducing the charge, even though it was Smith's... More »

Obama Gun-Control Measure Is Reversed

It would have affected about 75K people with mental illnesses

(Newser) - President Trump has undone one of his predecessor's final executive actions, a measure designed to make it harder for the mentally ill to own guns. The issue is a little more complicated than the usual gun-control debate, however: This time, both the NRA and the ACLU opposed the measure.... More »

Court Strikes Florida's 'Docs vs. Glocks' Law

Doctors can now ask patients about guns

(Newser) - Doctors in Florida are now free to ask patients about guns in their home despite protests from the National Rifle Association. A federal appeals court struck down a provision of the so-called "Docs vs. Glocks" law barring doctors from asking patients about gun ownership unless the information is medically... More »

DeVos: Schools Might Need Guns to Defend Against Bears

She defends school choice in testy Senate hearing

(Newser) - Education Secretary hopeful Betsy DeVos was peppered with questions from time-limited Democrats during a testy Senate hearing Tuesday, and the exchange getting the most attention involves bears. When Sen. Chris Murphy asked if she believes that there's no place for guns in school, she referred to a school in... More »

Chicago Goes 4 Days Without Deadly Shooting—a Record

The last fatal shooting was shortly before 1am Sunday

(Newser) - The city of Chicago just set a record for 2016, though don't expect the mayor's office to issue a self-congratulatory press release about it. The Chicago Sun Times reports that as of 12:52am Thursday, the city has gone four days without a deadly shooting for the first... More »

In 2 Years, Cops Killed 86 People Carrying Fake Guns

May be 'virtually impossible' for police to tell real firearms from phony ones at a distance

(Newser) - Tamir Rice was one of the highest-profile examples of a person carrying a fake weapon who was gunned down by cops, but as the Washington Post reports in an exclusive, he was far from the only one. Those statistics, per the Post's internal database of US fatal police shootings,... More »

Proposal Would Let Fans Bring Guns to Stadiums

League opposes idea in Washington state

(Newser) - Lawmakers in Washington state are floating a controversial idea to let sports fans bring guns to the stadium. Under the proposed amendment to state code, private entities that operate stadiums would not be able to prevent people with licenses for concealed guns from entering while armed, reports CBS Sports . In... More »

Chicago Has Most Violent Weekend Yet of 2016

17 killed (including teen twin brothers), 41 injured in city shootings

(Newser) - Gun violence in Chicago has been an ever-present topic in recent news, and this weekend just saw more disturbing statistics emerge. Seventeen people were shot and killed between Friday night and Monday morning, per homicide numbers tracked by the Chicago Sun-Times ; 41 others were reported injured. That makes it the... More »

Joe Walsh: 'If Trump Loses, I'm Grabbing My Musket'

Ex-congressman mocked, slammed for call to arms

(Newser) - A former GOP congressman claims he will be taking up arms—antiquated ones—if Hillary Clinton wins the election. "On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump," Joe Walsh tweeted Wednesday. "On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. You in?" Walsh, who represented... More »

Seeking Good PR, IRS Busted With Wrong Capone Gun

After input from readers, the IRS has gotten its story straight

(Newser) - It was a story the Internal Revenue Service needed to get right, a we-done-good look back at the 1931 conviction of legendary gangster Al Capone for tax evasion—a feat they pulled off when no one else could get him on any other charges. Hoping for some good press, the... More »

Accidental Shootings Kill More Kids Than You Know

Gov't stats may actually miss a third of cases

(Newser) - Government statistics may miss a third of deadly accidental shootings involving children, according to a joint investigation from the AP and USA Today. The survey of news reports, public sources, and research data shows minors died from accidental shootings at a pace of one every other day during the first... More »

3% of Americans Own Half of All Guns

Handgun, female ownership on the rise: survey

(Newser) - Researchers have presented "a fundamental building block for gun research" with the most comprehensive survey of US gun ownership in more than two decades, reports the Trace . It reveals just 3% of American adults own half of the country's 265 million firearms. These 7.7 million "super-owners"... More »

This May Be the Zenith of Candidates Using Guns in Ads

Or maybe it's the nadir

(Newser) - How gun crazy have political ads gotten? Missouri's supposedly anti-gun candidate for US Senate just released one in which he assembles an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle while blindfolded and bragging that he'd "like to see Sen. Blunt do this." The ad , from Democrat Jason Kander, was created... More »

Man Learns Hard Way Not to Bring Gun to Dental Procedure

James White mistakes gun for phone, shoots self

(Newser) - “If you’re going to be put under nitrous, then you think twice about taking your gun into the dental office." Solid advice from an Ohio resident living near a dental office where a bizarre incident played on Wednesday, WCMH reports. James White, 72, was at the dental... More »

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