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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 »

Another Retailer Tightens Rules on Gun Sales

Kroger won't sell to those under 21 through its Fred Meyer outlets

(Newser) - The issue of guns remained front and center Thursday, with Kroger becoming the third major retailer in recent days to add new restrictions to gun sales, reports the Wall Street Journal . (Dick's and Walmart came first .) The supermarket chain will no longer sell guns or ammo to those... More »

With Bullet Crowns and AR-15s, Church Ceremony Riles Town

Offshoot of Unification Church slammed by locals for 'scary' event

(Newser) - Worshippers wearing crowns made of bullets clutched AR-15 rifles, drank holy wine, and exchanged or renewed wedding vows in a commitment ceremony at a Pennsylvania church Wednesday, prompting a nearby school to cancel classes. With state police and a smattering of protesters standing watch outside the church, brides clad in... More »

Cops: Man Armed With AR-15 Stops Attack

Chicago-area resident Dave Thomas says he chose it deliberately over his handgun

(Newser) - A story involving an AR-15 is making headlines, with a twist: Police near Chicago say a man used his weapon to stop a knife attack, reports the Chicago Tribune . The resident of Oswego Township tells WGN that he witnessed a confrontation among neighbors turn violent and decided to act. Dave... More »

After School Threat, Cops Find Cache of Guns, Ammo

Security officer overheard teen threaten school shooting

(Newser) - Police say they found a cache of guns and ammo, including two AR-15 rifles, in the home of a student who was overheard saying "he was going to shoot up the school sometime in the next three weeks." Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell says the "disgruntled"... More »

Post-Parkland, 3rd-Graders Selling AR-15 Raffle Tickets

Some are calling it 'tone deaf,' but coach says he thinks it's a 'positive thing'

(Newser) - Candidates in Kansas and Maryland have drawn criticism for refusing to nix their AR-15 raffles after the Parkland school shooting last week. Now, another (but much younger) group is in the spotlight. The Kansas City Star reports members of a third-grade baseball team in Neosho, Mo., are trying to raise... More »

Sandy Hook Families on Gun Maker: 'Lanza Heard Their Message'

Court hears arguments in lawsuit against Remington

(Newser) - The families of nine Sandy Hook victims and one teacher who survived the deadly mass shooting presented their case to Connecticut Supreme Court justices Tuesday in their lawsuit against Remington, maker of the AR-15 weapon used by Adam Lanza to kill 20 children and six adults in 2012, the Hartford ... More »

Why Sandy Hook Families Are Citing a 1970s Slingshot Injury

They're hoping the Connecticut state supreme court will allow their case to move forward

(Newser) - The families of nine Sandy Hook victims, along with a wounded teacher who survived, have for years been going after the maker of Adam Lanza's "weapon of choice"—the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle. This week, they'll see if their lawsuit has teeth. Filed in 2014 , the suit... More »

Cops: Teen Used New AR-15 to Kill 'Dream Girl'

Allen Ivanov had to read the manual just before shootings

(Newser) - The teenager accused of killing three people at a house party near Seattle bought his AR-15-style rifle so recently he had to study the instruction manual before the rampage, police say. According to court documents, 19-year-old Allen Ivanov has told police that he bought the Ruger firearm just a week... More »

Supreme Court: Bans on Assault Weapons Stay

SCOTUS declines to take up challenge

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday allowed bans on assault-style weapons like the one used in the Orlando shooting to remain in place in Connecticut and New York. Without comment, the court declined to hear a challenge to bans on semi-automatic weapons passed after the school attack in Newtown, Conn., reports... More »

Car Dealer Offering Free AR-15 Assault Rifles

They're similar to the weapon used in the massacre at Pulse in Orlando

(Newser) - A New Hampshire car dealer is offering each buyer a free AR-15 assault rifle, a type of weapon similar to the one used in the Orlando nightclub massacre, the AP reports. Mike Hagan owns Hagan's Motor Pool Auto Repair and Sales in Rochester. He says he's given away... More »

AR-15 Inventor's Family: He'd Be 'Sickened' by Mass Shootings

Eugene Stoner's kids, grandkids say he designed the rifle for military use only, not civilians

(Newser) - When Eugene Stoner designed "America's gun" (aka the AR-15) in the late 1950s, which was adopted for use by the Army as the M16, his goal was to create the "most efficient and superior" rifles for military use and give them a leg up over the Soviets'... More »

How Orlando Shooter's Gun Differs From an AR-15

Shooting renews debate over semiautomatics

(Newser) - The Orlando shooting has raised anew the issue of the powerful weapons used by gunmen in mass shootings. While police initially said Omar Mateen used an "AR-15-type assault rifle," they have since clarified that he used a Sig Sauer MCX rifle. A look at some of the coverage:... More »

Newtown Families' AR-15 Suit Is Chugging Along—Surprisingly

That's not to say its chances look good

(Newser) - In the wake of the Orlando shooting , the New York Times takes a look at how Newtown, Conn., families' battle against the semi-automatic weapon used is faring—and the answer is surprisingly well, at least compared with expectations. That's not to say their suit has gone far: The case... More »

Lawmaker Is Giving Out Free Assault Rifles

Says death threats won't disrupt his plan

(Newser) - Giving away semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in US history might sound ill-advised, but that's exactly what a Tennessee state rep plans to do. Andy Holt announced last week that he'd give away an AR-15 —a weapon used in mass shootings such... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Move on Assault Weapons

Justices refuse to hear case against weapons ban

(Newser) - Acting in the aftermath of the San Bernardino mass shooting, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from gun owners who challenged a Chicago suburb's ban on assault weapons. Two conservative justices said they would have heard the case and struck down the ban. The Illinois State Rifle... 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 »

Walmart To Stop Selling AR-15s

Retailer claims the decision was financial, not political

(Newser) - Walmart, which sells more guns and ammunition than any other retailer in the country, will stop stocking AR-15s and other high-capacity firearms known as modern sporting rifles in the coming weeks, Quartz reports. Rumors about the change were circulated yesterday and confirmed to multiple sources today. Interestingly, a Walmart spokesperson... More »

DC Cops: Lawmaker's Assault Rifle Not a Problem

Gun laws don't apply to congressman's office

(Newser) - Critics of conservative GOP Rep. Ken Buck's fondness for guns appear to have shot themselves in the foot. After the congressman tweeted a photo of himself and Rep. Trey Gowdy holding an assault rifle in his office last week, police received complaints that the AR-15 might violate Washington, DC'... More »

Zimmerman Search Turned Up Lots of Weapons, Ammo

He ditches public defender for private lawyer

(Newser) - Cops found a hefty cache of weapons and ammo at the home George Zimmerman shared with his girlfriend after his arrest on domestic violence charges last week, CNN reports. A search turned up three handguns, a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, and 106 rounds of ammunition, according to court documents... More »

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