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After Dog's Death, Group Wants Ban on Shooting Pets

Bruno's owner 'put him down' with a gun, was not charged

(Newser) - New Hampshire animal rights activists outraged over the "emergency euthanasia" of a dog named Bruno earlier this year face an uphill battle to have the practice of shooting old, sick, or dangerous pets outlawed, the AP reports. New Hampshire is one of 27 states with no laws against it,... More »

$5M Gun Database Never Solved a Single Crime in 15 Years

Maryland program finally nixed

(Newser) - Since 2000, more than 300,000 bullet casings have piled up in an old fallout shelter in Pikesville, Maryland, the result of an ambitious program launched to catalog the casings in a database, which would then be used to help solve crimes, per the Baltimore Sun . But 15 years and... More »

Shooter's Neighbor Called 911, Was Told Open Carry Is Legal

'That guy I just called you about, he just shot somebody'

(Newser) - Before Noah Harpham opened fire Saturday in Colorado Springs— killing three people seemingly at random—his neighbor called 911 to report him wandering around outside with a rifle, the Denver Post reports. "He did have a distraught look on his face," that neighbor, Naomi Bettis, tells the Post.... More »

Cops: Man Left Granddaughter, 5, in Desert With Loaded Gun

He reportedly told her to 'shoot any bad guys'

(Newser) - After downing a cheeseburger and a handful of drinks Sunday evening, Paul Rater called home and ordered his wife to come get him, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says, per the Arizona Republic . But instead of his wife showing up at the South Buckeye Equestrian Center, the cops did—... More »

Cops: We Found a Guy Hoarding 7K Guns

Sheriff believes most of them were stolen

(Newser) - Authorities say they have seized thousands of guns from a house and warehouse in South Carolina. Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks tells WBTV that deputies seized more than 7,000 guns from the property near Pageland, and that he believes the vast majority were stolen. The guns filled up a... More »

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 »

Oregon City Buys Gun Used in 2014 School Shooting

They paid nearly $4,000 rather than return it to shooter's brother

(Newser) - The city of Troutdale, Oregon, paid nearly $4,000 for the rifle used in last year's deadly school shooting rather than return the weapon to the shooter's brother. Freshman Jared Padgett killed Reynolds High classmate Emilio Hoffman, then himself, with an AR-15 rifle he stole from his older... More »

43 US Toddlers Shot Someone This Year

Toddlers have shot themselves or someone else at least 43 times this year

(Newser) - On average, a toddler age 3 or younger has shot himself or someone else once per week in the United States this year, the Washington Post reports. In January, a 3-year-old in New Mexico wounded both his parents with one gun shot . In June, a 3-year-old in Michigan died after... More »

Boy, 2, Finds Gun in Car, Shoots Grandma

She's expected to survive

(Newser) - Police say a 2-year-old South Carolina boy found a gun in the car he was riding in and shot his grandmother in the back. Authorities were trying to determine Monday whether to file charges against the woman's sister, who owns the gun. Rock Hill police Capt. Mark Bollinger said... More »

The Last Gun Store in SF Is Closing

Manager Steven Alcairo says he won't comply with proposed laws

(Newser) - San Francisco's last gun shop says the city has won the war after years of legislative battles, each one bringing new restrictions on how the shop does business. Around since the 1950s, High Bridge Arms will close its doors next month, reports KGO-TV . Manager Steven Alcairo says past regulations... More »

Prosecutor: NAU Shooter Got Gun From Car

'There is no indication of self-defense here'

(Newser) - The 18-year-old Northern Arizona University freshman charged with shooting four members of a rival fraternity during a fight early Friday is accused of leaving the fracas to get a gun from his car, the Arizona Daily Sun reports. “I just want to be clear that there is no indication... 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 »

Here Are the Victims of the Oregon School Shooting

They range in age from 18 to 67

(Newser) - On Friday, authorities identified the nine victims of Thursday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, the AP reports. The victims range in age from 18 to 67. According to KING , in a city of only 20,000 people it's likely everyone knows the victims or someone... More »

Oregon Shooter Was Enrolled in Class Where Shootings Occurred

All 13 guns found were purchased legally

(Newser) - The man who killed nine people at an Oregon community college Thursday was enrolled in the class where the shootings occurred, CNN reports. He had body armor, six firearms, and five extra magazines with him during the massacre, the AP reports. Authorities found seven additional firearms inside the shooter's... More »

Houston Makes Zoo Take Down 'No Guns' Signs

Privately owned zoo is on public land, so concealed-carry OK holds sway

(Newser) - More than 200,000 schoolchildren filtered through the gates of the Houston Zoo last year, and because it's an "educational attraction," zoo officials figured the zoo was within its legal rights under Texas concealed-carry laws to ban guns on the grounds, a statement to KHOU notes. But... 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 »

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 . 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 »

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