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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 »

Coroner: Single Bullet From Uzi Killed Instructor

OSHA to review shooting-range death

(Newser) - The shooting instructor killed after letting a 9-year-old girl fire an Uzi was hit by a single bullet when she lost control of the weapon, the coroner says. Charles Vacca, a 39-year-old instructor at Arizona's Bullets and Burgers, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner... More »

Range Owner: Uzi Death Was First-Ever Accident

Bullets and Burgers reopens shooting range

(Newser) - The Last Stop outdoor shooting range at Bullets and Burgers in Arizona is open for business again, days after a deadly accident that made headlines around the world. A 9-year-old girl firing an Uzi accidentally killed an instructor at the range Monday, but the owner says that was the first... More »

Girl, 9, With Uzi Kills Shooting Instructor

She accidentally shot him as weapon recoiled

(Newser) - A shooting range instructor in Arizona is dead after letting a 9-year-old girl fire an Uzi set to fully automatic. Police, who have released a video of the girl taking her first shots, say she safely fired the weapon in "single-shot" mode, but she lost control of the weapon... More »

Woman Shot During Gun Show Demo

Pennsylvania vendor was demonstrating a holster at the time

(Newser) - A vendor demonstrating a concealed carry holster at a Pennsylvania gun show used a real gun instead of a plastic model on Saturday—and things went about as wrong as they possibly could. The semi-automatic .380 didn't have a magazine attached, but there was a round in the chamber,... More »

Racy Ad Pushes Gun Safety— With Sex Toys

Kids will find and play with the darndest—and most dangerous—things

(Newser) - The sight of young boys publicly "swordfighting," each armed with one of mom's vibrators, is enough to make any parent cringe and take cover on the next planet, but Evolve is betting it's also enough to make you think seriously about gun safety. In a new... 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 »

Family of Guy Who Shot Himself: It Wasn't Suicide

They want James Jewell's cause of death listed as an accident

(Newser) - The death of the Michigan man who shot himself while attempting to demonstrate how safe his guns were has been ruled a suicide—and his family isn't happy about it. Jennifer Jackson says her longtime boyfriend James Jewell, 39, wasn't trying to take his own life: "I... More »

Man Tries to Show How Safe His Guns Are, Kills Self

His safety demo reportedly involved putting his guns to his head

(Newser) - A Michigan man was trying to show his girlfriend how safe his guns were last Sunday, and ended up killing himself in the process. The 36-year-old man's girlfriend told police that after a day of drinking, he was demonstrating how to use his handguns. To drive home how safe... More »

US Child Gun Deaths Rose 60% in 10 Years

And most came from handguns, finds new study

(Newser) - The number of US kids and teens who die from gunshot wounds in hospital has risen almost 60% in a decade, according to a new report. The study by two doctors looked at data from 1997 to 2009, and found the number of those hospitalized with gunshot wounds rose from... More »

Assault Rifle Stolen From Congresswoman's Home

Weapon was unsecured in pro-gun lawmaker's garage

(Newser) - Pro-gun lawmaker Rep. Renee Ellmers might need to introduce some tough new gun control measures in her own home: An AR-15 rifle was stolen from the congresswoman's home last week after it was left leaning against a gun locker in an unlocked garage, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.... More »

Stats on Accidental Child Shootings Are Way Off

About half go unrecorded: report

(Newser) - Accidental shooting deaths of children may be far more common than we realize. An investigation by the New York Times found these deaths happen about twice as often as statistics indicate, because authorities often don't record them as "accidents." The Times looked at 259 accidental firearm deaths... More »

Boy, 3, Shoots Himself in Head, Dies

Dad posts on Facebook that he still supports gun rights

(Newser) - A 3-year-old Michigan boy is dead after shooting himself in the head yesterday, police say. They received a 911 call the Detroit News describes as "frantic" around 4:15pm; Damon Holbrook was found in the front bedroom of his Dundee home. The owner of the handgun involved was arrested... More »

NRA Study Backs Arming Educators

Every school should have armed personnel, it concludes

(Newser) - Schools across the nation should train selected staff members to carry weapons and should each have at least one armed security officer to allow a quicker response to an attack, the director of an NRA-sponsored study said today. Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas made the remarks as a task... More »

Missouri Bill: Teach 1st-Graders About Guns

Bill would require NRA gun safety program to be taught

(Newser) - Reading, writing, arithmetic, and gun knowledge? Yes, a Missouri lawmaker wants students taught about guns—in first grade. GOP state Sen. Dan Brown introduced Senate Bill 75, which would require schools to use the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program or similar. The program was designed by the NRA, and its website... More »

We Can Make Guns Safer, but Gunmakers Don't Want To

The technology exists, we just aren't implementing it: Farhad Manjoo

(Newser) - A gun that only fires when its authorized owner is carrying it: Sounds like something out of the movies—and indeed, James Bond carries one in Skyfall—but such technology, as well as features to make guns safer, is very much possible. So why hasn't it been widely implemented?... More »

Guy Shoots Self, Wife—in Gun Safety Class

Michael Deel calls shooting a 'stupid accident'

(Newser) - Don't take your guns to, er, well, gun safety class, son. A Roanoke, Va., man and his wife are recovering after he accidentally shot both of them during a firearms safety class over the weekend. The Bedford County Sheriff's Office says that Michael L. Deel shot himself in... More »

Sheriff: Amish Girl's Death Was Freak Accident

Bullet believed to have been fired by man more than a mile away

(Newser) - The Amish girl who was fatally shot while driving her horse and buggy home from a Christmas party appears to have been killed by a man cleaning his gun more than a mile away. The local sheriff says he has been contacted by an Amish farmer whose son fired his... More »

Another Hunter Shot by Dog

Bulldog bumps Fla. hunter's rifle

(Newser) - The combination of a bumpy road, a loaded gun, and an over-excited bulldog has left a Florida hunter in critical condition. Billy Brown, 78, and a friend were on their way to a deer hunting post when the dog apparently bumped Brown's loaded Browning .208, shooting him in the... More »

Arizona Senator Aims Loaded Pink Gun at Reporter

Lori Klein later claims he stepped in front of laser sight

(Newser) - Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein has been taking some heat after pointing a loaded gun at a reporter with the safety off. The incident was related in a Sunday Arizona Republic article about Klein’s decision to carry a gun onto the Senate floor in the aftermath of the Gabrielle... More »

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