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Gun Ownership Rate Hits Record Low

Less than a third of Americans have gun in house

(Newser) - The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it has ever been, according to a major American trend survey that finds the decline in gun ownership is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt. According to the... More »

Don't Call Unintentional Shootings by Kids 'Accidents'

And Slate writer thinks caretakers of kids should be charged if it happens

(Newser) - A recent trio of shootings of young children in the Houston area who got their hands on loaded firearms, including a 4-year-old who was spending the night at a babysitter's home, are tragic—but don't call them accidents, Justin Peters writes in an article for Slate . In all... More »

3-Year-Old Shoots Both Parents With One Shot

Woman is pregnant; pair may face charges

(Newser) - A 3-year-old New Mexico boy going for an iPod in his mom's purse instead found a loaded handgun and managed to shoot both of his parents with one shot in the motel where the family was living, reports the Albuquerque Journal . The bullet hit the father in the right... More »

Couple Told Baby to Put Gun in Mouth, Say 'Pow': Cops

Police find video of girl, 1, playing with gun

(Newser) - It may be a bit early in 2015 to be handing out the Parents of the Year Award, but a man and woman in Indiana are certainly contenders: Police say they found a cellphone video featuring Michael Barnes, 19, and Toni Wilson, 22, encouraging a 1-year-old baby girl to place... More »

Dad Accidentally Shoots Self, Kid at Physical Therapy

Corrections officer's gun went off as he was putting it in pocket

(Newser) - A father-daughter pair in Fairbanks left physical therapy a little worse for the wear after the dad's gun accidentally discharged as he was taking it out of a holster and putting it in a jacket pocket. The man, a corrections officer not being named by the News Miner , was... More »

SC Schools May Teach Gun Training

House bill calls for 3-week study of 2nd Amendment

(Newser) - Two new bills could bring gun education, including gun training, to South Carolina students. The first is from Rep. Alan Clemmons, who tells WCIV that teachers don't focus enough on the Second Amendment, and that a lack of knowledge about guns and gun safety implies "the gun is... More »

7 Ways Floridians Have Accidentally Shot Themselves

Black Friday this year was the third busiest day ever for gun sales in Florida

(Newser) - This year, Black Friday marked the third busiest day for gun sales in Florida, the state with the most registered concealed weapons permits. And just this month, Florida was ranked second in the US in school shootings since Sandy Hook two years ago, trailing only neighboring Georgia, reports Miami New ... More »

Guns: the Hot New Christmas Gift for the Ladies

Retailers see a new trend

(Newser) - The hot new trend in Christmas gifts for women? Guns, the Washington Post reports. Gun store owners say more and more husbands are giving their wives firearms, and the Post points to a few specific examples, like the woman whose husband had an AR-15 specially designed for her, using lighter... More »

Guy Kills 3-Year-Old in Game of 'Gun Tag'

26-year-old says he was intoxicated and didn't know the gun was loaded

(Newser) - Loaded guns, booze, and a toddler proved tragic in Montana last week when a 26-year-old man who said he was playing "gun tag" with a 3-year-old at a home north of Missoula shot and killed the boy. Galen Hawk had reportedly been drinking whiskey and alcoholic lemonade when he... More »

Guns OK in Nebraska Senior Photos If 'Tasteful'

Nebraska school district issues new rule

(Newser) - It's a new twist on the guns-in-schools debate: A district in central Nebraska has told seniors it's OK to pose with firearms in their senior portraits, which are taken off campus. The students in the Broken Bow district, however, have to abide by a few rules, reports the... More »

George Zimmerman: Why I Won't Use an Alias

He does carry a semi-automatic for protection, though

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is constantly on the move and in the news. It's been nearly three years since he shot unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin to death in Sanford, Fla., and his speaking engagements and meetings with attorneys afford him no more than a month in any given state. The... More »

Guy Re-enacts Tombstone Stunt, Kills Sister

He was hosting her birthday party when he dropped his gun and it fired

(Newser) - Some things are best left to the experts—or Hollywood stuntmen. A Florida man learned this the hard way when he attempted to re-enact an elaborate gunplay scene from the 1993 movie Tombstone and dropped his gun; it fired, the stray bullet struck his sister Renee Chaires in the neck,... More »

Teacher Accidentally Shoots Own Leg at School

She was carrying a legal concealed weapon

(Newser) - A Utah elementary school teacher who was carrying a concealed firearm at school accidentally shot herself in the leg when the weapon discharged in a faculty bathroom before classes yesterday morning, officials said. The teacher at Westbrook Elementary School, in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville, was injured when... More »

Prof Accidentally Shoots Himself in Foot During Class

Idaho State prof's handgun was in his pocket, went off

(Newser) - Now that people with enhanced permits can carry concealed weapons on school campuses in Idaho, a professor at Idaho State University has taken the opportunity to shoot himself in the foot. Literally, and apparently by accident. The instructor was teaching chemistry on Tuesday when his small-caliber handgun, which Local News... More »

Boy, 5, Brings Gun to School So Brother Won't Find It

He worried 3-year-old would hurt himself

(Newser) - A kindergartner bringing a loaded gun to school is one thing, but the explanation he gave to authorities makes the case more unusual: He says he found it at home and wanted to make sure his 3-year-old brother didn't hurt himself, reports KDKA of Pittsburgh. "It's a... More »

Man Sells Gun, Then Is Killed With It

Suspect was banned from owning firearms

(Newser) - An Arizona teenager who illegally sold a gun to a man barred from owning firearms ended up getting shot dead with it during what police believe was an argument over another gun. Police say Tyrone Moore, 24, killed 18-year-old Elijah Williams in Glendale with a gun he had recently bought... More »

Border Official Points Gun... at Boy Scout: Troop Leader

Another scout gets threatened with 10 years in prison

(Newser) - A couple weeks ago, a US border patrol official held a gun to the head of ... a Boy Scout. A troop leader explains what happened now that the scouts and adult volunteers from Mid-Iowa Scout Troop 111 have returned from their 23-day trip: Ten days into the trip, their four... More »

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 »

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