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Boy, 4, Shoots Self After Finding Gun Under Couch

Justin Foss Jr. was pronounced dead Saturday morning

(Newser) - A 4-year-old Georgia boy found a gun hidden inside his house and shot himself in the head with it, according to a newly released sheriff's report, per the AP . Justin Foss Jr. was pronounced dead Saturday morning after the shooting at his Augusta residence, Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner... More »

Check Out Gang Members' New Weapon: the 'Ghost Gun'

Buyers purchase an 'unfinished receiver' and do the rest themselves

(Newser) - Dozens of firearms lay spread out on tables at the LAPD's Hollywood station this week—all seized in a six-month undercover sting against LA-area gangs, the LA Times reports. What's unusual is that they're all "ghost guns," partly homemade weapons without serial numbers traceable by... More »

She Reached for a Cart, Got Shot With Her Own Gun

Walmart shopper had the weapon in a holster at her side, police say

(Newser) - Police in Tennessee say a woman was injured when a gun she carried into a Walmart fired a shot after falling from its holster and hitting the floor. Lexington police Capt. Jeff Middleton says the woman walked into the store with the gun in the holster at her side. He... More »

Contender for Kansas Governor Blasts 'Snowflake Meltdown'

After Kris Kobach appeared in a parade with a machine gun replica on his Jeep

(Newser) - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the outrage over his appearance in a parade atop a Jeep with a giant replica of a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on the back is "the left trying to attack guns" and the Second Amendment, the AP reports. A pastor who was... More »

Boy in Search of Snacks Finds Gun, Shoots Cousin

The 8-year-old cousin was critically wounded

(Newser) - Police in Ohio say a 9-year-old boy shot and critically wounded his 8-year-old cousin with a handgun he found in a kitchen cupboard while getting snacks. Akron police say the older boy picked up the gun, pointed it at his cousin and fired, hitting the younger boy in the abdomen.... More »

NRA's Next President Will Be Oliver North

Figure from the Iran-Contra affair is 'absolute best choice,' group announces

(Newser) - The NRA's next president will be a familiar name: Oliver North. The group said Monday that the retired Marine who figured prominently in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s will assume the post in the next few weeks, reports CNN . “This is the most exciting news for our... More »

Trump to NRA: We Must Arm Teachers

'You have to give them a chance,' president tells convention

(Newser) - President Trump addressed the annual NRA convention in Dallas on Friday and promised the group's members that their gun rights were safe with his White House. "Your Second Amendment rights are under siege, but they will never, ever be under siege as long as I’m your president,... More »

Waffle House Suspect Wearing a 'Suicide Smock'

As the AP reports Travis Reinking's dad gave him his guns back

(Newser) - The co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a Nashville restaurant once worked said she'd urged federal officials to keep Travis Reinking in custody after he was arrested at the White House last year. Reinking's former boss says he had... More »

After Parkland, NRA Donations Poured In

Group's political arm broke 15-year fundraising record in March

(Newser) - The NRA's political arm had its biggest fundraising month in 15 years in the aftermath of the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The NRA's Political Victory Fund in March pulled in $2.4 million, all but $500,000 coming in increments of less than $200, reports the... More »

Rep Pulls Gun While Meeting With Gun-Control Advocates

'I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords'

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker in South Carolina took out a loaded pistol while arguing with constituents pushing for better gun control Friday, the Washington Post reports. "I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords," Rep. Ralph Norman tells the Post and Courier , adding, "I don’t mind... More »

Retired Justice's 6 Words of Advice for Student Protesters

'Get rid of the Second Amendment'

(Newser) - Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is the latest prominent figure to applaud student protesters calling for action on gun control. But in an op-ed published Tuesday in the New York Times , he says they should raise their demands to include—constitutional defenders, prepare yourself—a "repeal of... More »

Hundreds of Thousands March for Gun Control in US

'We will continue to fight for our dead friends'

(Newser) - Summoned to action by student survivors of the Parkland school shooting, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied in the nation's capital and cities across the US on Saturday to press for gun control, the AP reports. Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally in DC... More »

YouTube Announces Big Change for Gun Videos

Ban on videos about selling, making guns goes into effect next month

(Newser) - InRange TV is removing its collection of gun-related videos from YouTube and heading for the greener pastures of ... a pornography website? “PornHub has a history of being a proactive voice in the online community, as well as operating a resilient and robust video streaming platform," Bloomberg quotes InRange... More »

Prosecutor Says Cruz's Brother Has 'All the Same Flags'

Cops are trying to block him from possessing a gun

(Newser) - A Florida state law passed in the wake of the Parkland school shooting could be used to keep the suspected shooter's brother from getting his hands on a gun. Zachary Cruz, the 18-year-old brother of Nikolas Cruz, was arrested on trespassing charges Monday after he was seen skateboarding at... More »

'No Time More Critical': Students Walk Out Again

They'll protest gun violence, from US to Australia

(Newser) - Ten days before a massive rally against gun violence in Washington, DC, students across the country will walk out of school Wednesday to mark one month since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Students at elementary schools, high schools, and universities will walk out... More »

Dick's and Walmart Wouldn't Sell Him a Gun. Now He's Suing

20-year-old man says chains are discriminating against potential gun buyers under 21

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Oregon man filed suit Monday claiming Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart discriminated against him when they refused to sell him a rifle. The move comes after Dick's and Walmart restricted gun sales to adults 21 and older in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., high school... More »

Mom Allegedly Checked on Shot Child, Returned to Work

Prosecutor says Alyssa Edwards' son called her at 10am, she was back at work an hour later

(Newser) - A prosecutor says an 8-year-old Ohio boy loaded a rifle, repeatedly shot his 4-year-old sister at home, and then informed their mother, who left work to check the girl's injuries, cleaned up a bloody bed cover, and then returned to work, leaving the children alone again. The woman, 27-year-old... More »

One Dating App Has Just Taken On a 'Very Tricky Battle'

Bumble to yank pictures of users with guns, knives, or other dangerous weapons

(Newser) - Bumble's slogan is "Date, Meet, Network Better," not "Show Off Your Glock, Meet, Network Better." Which is why, in the wake of mass shootings such as the one in Parkland, the dating app is nixing any individual photos showing users with guns, knives, or other... More »

A High-Speed Bullet, Then 'Ghastly' Injuries

Trauma surgeons describe the 'haunting' wounds they've seen from assault-style rifles

(Newser) - While the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has caused horror nationwide, only a few have actually seen the damage wrought to victims' bodies by an assault-style rifle. The New York Times talks to five trauma surgeons from all parts of the US, all "haunted by their... More »

US Safer From Injuries When Gun Owners at NRA Conventions

Researchers say it shows guns are still a safety concern in the hands of experienced users

(Newser) - It seems Americans are safest from gun-related injuries and deaths when thousands of gun owners are busy attending the NRA's annual convention, Ars Technica reports. An analysis published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine found gun-related injuries dropped 20% nationwide during annual NRA conventions between 2007 and... More »

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