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Man Tries to Shoot Moon With Handgun

Cameron Frank Read had apparently been talking about Halley's Comet

(Newser) - George Bailey tried to lasso the moon, but an Arizona man apparently wanted to shoot it. Cameron Frank Read, 39, allegedly fired several rounds through the window of a residence after talking about seeing Halley’s Comet on Friday, according to his girlfriend and her teen son, reports KTVK . They... More »

Loaded Gun Found Among Target's Toys

Police on the hunt for a male suspect

(Newser) - A Target worker checking out the toy aisle in Myrtle Beach last week found what he first thought was a toy gun but turned out to be a real, loaded one, WMBF reports. Police say a male had been spotted walking up and down each toy aisle before the handgun... More »

Kansas Toddler Shot Dead by Brother, 4

Police say the children found a 9mm handgun in a nightstand

(Newser) - Three siblings playing in a bedroom in Wichita, Kansas, on Tuesday afternoon came upon a loaded handgun in a nightstand. They didn't pick up the gun, but a toddler still ended up dead after his 4-year-old brother reached in and managed to pull its trigger, reports KAKE . The 19-month-old... 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 »

Woman Shot and Killed by 6-Year-Old

Kid found gun in backseat

(Newser) - Another day, another reminder that kids plus guns equals tragedy . A 22-year-old South Carolina woman was killed while riding in the passenger seat of a friend's car yesterday, when that friend's six-year-old child accidentally shot her in the back, police told reporters. The child found the gun on... 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 »

Calif. Man Pulls Gun on Girl Selling Cookies

Cops say he opened door to Girl Scout with gun in his hand

(Newser) - No more Thin Mints for this guy: A California man has been arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a young girl who was selling cookies door-to-door. Police say that when the girl knocked on the door of John Dodrill, 59, he answered with a gun pointed at her, the... More »

NY Rep Who Threatened Reporter Has Fiery History

Including brandishing a gun at a nightclub

(Newser) - Rep. Michael Grimm's headline-grabbing threat to throw an NY1 reporter off a balcony and break him "in half like a boy," is shining a spotlight on the New York Republican's past outbursts and his fiery reputation. Perhaps the most talked about example: A 1999 incident in... More »

7 Stars Who Love Guns

Including some who may surprise you

(Newser) - Some celebrities like packing heat—and not just in the movies. Fox News rounds up 14 of them. A sampling:
  • Tom Selleck: He's a member of the NRA.
  • Dax Shepard: After the Sandy Hook shootings, he tweeted, "I love guns. I have several, but I would gladly get
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4-Year-Old Kills 4-Year-Old in Detroit

'Long gun' was loaded, under bed

(Newser) - A neighbor asks the obvious question: "I was wondering why two 4-year-olds have access to a gun in the first place." That after tragedy struck in Detroit late yesterday afternoon, when a 4-year-old girl shot her 4-year-old male cousin, killing him. Police are calling it a "tragic,... More »

Coming to South Dakota: Shooting Range Plus Saloon

Seems like a smart combination...

(Newser) - Take a saloon and combine it with a shooting range ... what could possibly go wrong? Deadwood, South Dakota, will soon find out. The City Commission looks poised to allow local businessman Greg Vecchi to open an indoor shooting range with a saloon inside—the appropriately-named Bullets and Beer Saloon, the... More »

Toby Keith: No Guns Allowed in My Restaurant

Rule isn't sitting well with fans in Virginia

(Newser) - It's probably not the first sign you'd expect to see at a country star's Virginia restaurant: "No Guns Permitted." But that's precisely what's on the door at Toby Keith's new establishment in Woodbridge, reports MyFoxDC . It's legal in Virginia for people... More »

Newtown Neighbor Sorry for Bullets Joke

Incoming board member urged to resign early

(Newser) - With calls flying that he should resign before he even takes office, a newly-elected school board member from Brooksfield, Conn., apologized today for saying that he'd honor the victims of the massacre in neighboring Newtown by buying bullets. Gregory Beck made the comment in response to a Facebook post... More »

Students Pull Gun on Intruder, Now Face Expulsion

They violated Gonzaga University's weapons policy

(Newser) - Two university students in Washington state are facing expulsion after they scared off a would-be intruder with a gun, KXLY reports. Roommates Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh were at their Spokane apartment, which is owned by Gonzaga University but is off-campus, when a six-time convicted felon who'd recently been... More »

Zimmerman Left His Wife a Shot-Up Target: Report

Shellie said to have considered it a 'subliminal message'

(Newser) - After George Zimmerman was forced to move out of his house last month, his soon-to-be-ex-wife Shellie found something ominous nailed to the wall: A shooting range target sporting 17 bullet holes, according to a report in Radar . A source sent Radar a photo of the target, saying it was the... More »

Zimmerman Threatened Me With Hand on Gun: Wife

Estranged wife Shellie called police this afternoon

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's estranged wife called police to a Lake Mary residence this afternoon for a "possible domestic battery," police tell the Orlando Sentinel . The AP reports soon-to-be ex-wife Shellie Zimmerman called police from her father's house, saying that Zimmerman threatened her and her father "with... More »

Zimmerman Gun Factory Visit a Bad Move: His Lawyer

Not part of PR plan, says rep for his lawyer

(Newser) - Turns out TMZ isn't just the scourge of Hollywood. George Zimmerman has gotten a public tsk-tsk from his lawyer over a Thursday visit to a Florida gun factory—a visit that was reported by none other than TMZ . A rep for Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara had this to... More »

NRA Has a Vast Secret Registry of Gun Owners

BuzzFeed finds that it goes well beyond group's 3M members

(Newser) - The NRA hates the idea of a national gun registry, but it effectively operates a massive one of its own, reports BuzzFeed . Its secretive database goes way beyond its 3 million members—the group gets names from gun-safety classes, gun shows, magazine subscribers, government offices, etc., writes Steve Friess. It... More »

NYPD Makes Largest Gun Bust in History

Smugglers busted carrying 254 guns via buses from Carolinas

(Newser) - The NYPD has made its largest gun bust in recent memory, seizing 254 firearms in a 10-month operation. The guns were smuggled from North and South Carolina into New York City by two gunrunners, who hid the weapons in luggage on discount buses, then purchased by an undercover cop pretending... More »

NRA Unholsters New Museum— in Gun Store

'If you are a gun person, you are going to love this place'

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association has unveiled a new museum—inside a gun store. The National Sporting Arms Museum, inside a sprawling Bass Pro store in Springfield, Mo., features close to 1,000 firearms, including ones owned by historical figures as diverse as Teddy Roosevelt, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Jesse James, Reuters... More »

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