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Left Alone in Car, 7-Year-Old Fatally Shot by Sibling

The children found a loaded gun in their mother's purse

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy is dead after being shot in the head by a sibling when their parents left them alone in the car Monday afternoon in Tennessee, WBIR reports. According to NBC News , four children were waiting in the car outside a Verizon store while their mother and stepfather paid... More »

Cops: Man Kills Teen Son He Thought Was Intruder

The 14-year-old returned home after being dropped off for school

(Newser) - Police say a Cincinnati father, thinking he heard an intruder in his basement, fatally shot his 14-year-old son Tuesday morning, the AP reports. According to the Cincinnati Inquirer , the father dropped his son off at the bus stop before returning home. When he heard a noise in his basement, he... More »

Chicago's 2016 Gunshot Stats Are Incredible

More than 100 already shot and wounded

(Newser) - As of just Monday, already more than 100 people have been shot in Chicago this year. Police say the tally soared over the weekend when seven were shot dead and 30 others were injured by gunfire, the Chicago Tribune reports. Among the shootings were two teenagers gunned down on the... More »

Obama: I'm Not Out to 'Grab Your Guns'

Meanwhile, poll shows 67% of Americans support his actions on gun control

(Newser) - President Obama says he will not vote for any candidate, even a Democrat, who does not support what he calls "commonsense gun reform." Obama made the demand in an op-ed published Thursday on the New York Times website . The president says 90% of Americans support such reform and... More »

Woman Shot Through Wall by Neighbor Cleaning Gun

He got arrested, she got taken to the hospital with a minor injury

(Newser) - Police in Colorado Springs say a woman sitting on a couch in her apartment was shot through a wall after her neighbor accidentally fired his gun while cleaning it. The woman was taken to the hospital after Tuesday night's shooting with what police described as a minor injury. Police... More »

Obama Cries During His Gun Remarks

He chokes up remembering Sandy Hook victims

(Newser) - President Obama laid out his plan to tighten gun laws Tuesday—see details here —at one point with tears running down his cheek. It came when he spoke of the young victims at Sandy Hook Elementary, reports USA Today . "First graders," he said, choking up. "Every... More »

Obama Gun Rules Free Doctors to Report Mentally Ill

Health care providers can now report patients to FBI without repercussions

(Newser) - President Obama is announcing tighter gun rules Tuesday via executive action , with expanded background checks part of the initiative. Here's a look at related coverage:
  • One new rule makes it easier for doctors and other authorities to report mentally ill people to the FBI's background check system. The
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US Company Turning Ancient Meteorite Into $1M Guns

'Romantic and fascinating'

(Newser) - It's an extraterrestrial weapon of sorts: An American company is turning a famous chunk of meteorite into a gun. “It’s both romantic and fascinating to imagine that this meteor traveled across the heavens for 4 billion years before landing on Earth and is now being transformed into... More »

Whole Family Packs Heat in Lawmaker's Xmas Card

Even Michele Fiore's grandson holds a handgun

(Newser) - Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore has wished America a merry Christmas from her, her family, and their guns. In a Christmas card posted on her Facebook page , the Republican lawmaker poses with family members who are holding an assortment of firearms, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal , which notes that Fiore is... More »

Woman Who Shot at Thieves Loses Concealed Weapon

'I will never help anybody again'

(Newser) - A woman who shot at two shoplifters outside a Detroit Home Depot back in October was sentenced to 18 months of probation and had her concealed gun permit taken away on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. "I don't believe any malice was involved in what you were doing,... More »

American Sniper Widow Outshoots World Champ

Taya Kyle says TrackingPoint guns should be supplied troops

(Newser) - American Sniper author Chris Kyle wasn't the only badass sharpshooter in the family. His widow, Taya Kyle, showed up NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt at a charity shootout in Pflugerville, Texas, over the weekend, hitting 100% of her shots on 29 targets using TrackingPoint precision-guided firearms. Piatt was... More »

Profits Way Up at Smith & Wesson

'The [number one] driver of firearms sales is fear': analyst

(Newser) - It's been a very good year for one particular gunmaker. Smith & Wesson tripled its profits in the three months leading up to October, with net income of $14.2 million (it was $5.2 million during the same period last year), the BBC reports. Net sales have grown... More »

Coming Soon: a Shopping Channel for Guns

Creator says GunTV is 'filling a need, not creating one'

(Newser) - It's a marriage of convenience and controversy: Two veterans of the home-shopping industry are launching a shopping channel for guns. GunTV —courtesy of California couple Valerie Castle and Doug Bornstein—will air from 1am to 7am ET starting Jan. 20 and will sell "a vast array of... More »

ATF: San Bernardino Rifles Were Legal—at First

Weapons used by San Bernardino shooters altered for more power after purchase

(Newser) - The weapons used by the San Bernardino shooters may have been legally obtained , but that doesn't mean they remained legal under California law. The two .223-caliber semiautomatic weapons and two 9mm pistols said to have been carried by Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik in Wednesday's attack were... More »

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 »

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