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Walmart Puts Guns Back on Display

Walmart backtracks on earlier decision, saying civil unrest is isolated

(Newser) - Walmart has reversed its decision to remove firearms and ammunition from store displays. The company had said Thursday that the change was prompted by civil unrest . "As the current incidents have remained geographically isolated, we have made the decision to begin returning these products to the sales floor today,... More »

Citing Unrest, Chain Takes Firearms Off Display

Walmart will still sell guns and ammunition

(Newser) - Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at its US stores, citing "civil unrest" in some areas.The nation's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, sells firearms in about half of its 4,700 stores, the AP reports. "We have seen some isolated civil... More »

Cops After UPS Worker Nabbed: 'We Avoided a Tragedy'

Thomas Andrews had allegedly threatened a mass shooting in Sunnyvale, Calif.

(Newser) - A California UPS worker said he planned to shoot up a company facility before he was arrested and found to have numerous guns and more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition, authorities say. "I definitely think we avoided a tragedy," says Dan Pistor, the police captain in Sunnyvale,... More »

Report: Ukraine Wants Money Back From US on 6 More Deals

Kyiv reportedly put down payments on $30M arms, ammo deals held up by US for at least a year

(Newser) - The impeachment of President Trump revolved around a midsummer phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the holdup of almost $400 million in US military aide to the country in its war with Russia. But according to three Ukrainian officials and an ex-US senior official who talked to BuzzFeed... More »

Cops: Teens Made GoFundMe for 'Help to Shoot Up School'

Two 15-year-olds arrested in alleged school shooting plot

(Newser) - Police say a pair of teens planning to shoot up an Arizona high school were arrested last week—after they started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the ammunition they needed. Police were alerted to the situation after a third student overheard the two suspects talking about their gun... More »

Arrest of Virginia Tech Student Alarms Campus

Freshman tried to buy 5K rounds of ammo

(Newser) - The details of an arrest at Virginia Tech is causing plenty of alarm online, though school officials are emphasizing that the campus was never believed to be under threat. Still, the arrest of a freshman who possessed an assault rifle and allegedly tried to buy 5,000 rounds of ammunition... More »

Afghan Soldiers Fire Weapons Just to Sell Spent Ammo for Scrap

Ammo that the US paid more than $300M for in 2015

(Newser) - The US spent more than $300 million on ammunition for the Afghan army and police in 2015. So where'd that ammo end up? Mostly in scrapyards, apparently. Reuters reports Afghan soldiers and police are selling the casings from spent ammo to scrap dealers, from whom they can get more... More »

Vet Finds 19 Live Rounds in Dog's Stomach

'You can baby-proof a house. But I don't think it's possible to Benno-proof a house.'

(Newser) - An Arkansas veterinarian has kept a dog from going out with a bang after the animal ate 23 live rifle rounds. Benno, the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, had surgery last week to remove the .308 caliber ammunition from his stomach, the Baxter Bulletin reports. Owner Larry Brassfield says Benno has eaten... More »

Pentagon to Destroy $1.2B in Ammunition

Outdated systems causing huge amounts of waste

(Newser) - Ammunition worth $1.2 billion, much of it still usable, is going to go up in smoke because the Pentagon is using antiquated inventory systems and different service branches can't share data effectively, a Government Accountability Office report says. Despite decades of trying to develop a single database, only... More »

Testimony That Made Pistorius Vomit Released

Expert says he used rare, maximum-damage bullets

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend almost instantly with expanding, hollow-point bullets designed to cause maximum damage, a pathologist said yesterday in testimony so graphic it made the athlete vomit . The judge banned live reporting of the expert's testimony, which included detailed autopsy results, but later decided that journalists could... More »

Explosion Hits NJ Naval Base

8 injured, 1 seriously

(Newser) - Eight people were injured, one seriously, in an explosion at a New Jersey naval base today. The blast hit at about 9am during routine boat maintenance at Naval Weapons Station Earle, which provides ammunition and explosives for vessels, the AP reports. Navy officials say no ammo was actually involved in... More »

Bullet Shortage? Just Make Your Own

Ammo shortage inspires new DIY hobby: 'reloading'

(Newser) - The latest DIY craft trend is not being led by mustachioed 20-somethings in Brooklyn, Austin, or Portland. It's the hot new thing amongst gun owners, who have taken to making their own bullets due to a nationwide shortage. With gun control featuring heavily in current political discourse, Americans are... More »

Santa Monica Gunman Had 1K+ Bullets

Shooter's family had troubled past

(Newser) - The man who killed five people in the Santa Monica shooting rampage was carrying enough ammunition to cause some serious casualties, sources close to the investigation tell the Los Angeles Times . John Zawahri, who died in a gun battle with police, was armed with AR-15-type semiautomatic rifle and at least... More »

No More Big Ammunition Magazines for Colorado

Hickenlooper says he'll sign bill, which state Senate, House passed

(Newser) - A bill limiting ammunition magazines to 15 rounds has cleared Colorado's legislature, meaning all it needs to become law is Gov. John Hickenlooper's signature—which he has said he'll provide. The bill passed the state Senate on Monday and state House yesterday, 34-30; three Democrats joined the... More »

'Military' Ammo Burns Down Texas Gun Range

Shooter probably won't face criminal charges

(Newser) - Whoops: A guy firing military-style bullets sparked a four-alarm fire yesterday that burned down a gun range in Dallas, KVUE reports. About 50 people escaped the range unharmed, but the one-story building was toast and a firefighter suffered from smoke inhalation. Witnesses heard stored ammunition "popping" inside as fire... More »

LA Man Threatens Copycat Shooting

Kyle Bangayan, 24, has since been arrested

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-area 24-year-old was arrested yesterday after allegedly making a Facebook threat to kill young school children. Kyle Bangayan was arrested at his parents' home, a search of which turned up nine guns, all seized by police, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police found "no related evidence" at... More »

Social Security Orders 174K Bullets

'Routine' buy fuels conspiracy theories

(Newser) - A routine purchase request from the Social Security Administration has caused a flood of conspiracy theories, reports AP . The agency posted a notice that it's buying 174,000 hollow-point bullets, causing some to believe that it was stockpiling ammo to put down civil unrest. A retired major-general at the... More »

Dems Unveil Bill That Would Ban Online Ammo Sales

Bill would require a photo ID to buy ammo

(Newser) - A pair of Democrats say they plan to introduce a bill that would effectively ban online ammunition sales by requiring buyers to show a photo ID when buying ammo, the LA Times reports. "It's one thing to buy a pair of shoes online, but it should take more... More »

Ammo Caps Explode at Miami Airport

Bomb squad moves in as primer caps blow up when worker unloads bag

(Newser) - Hundreds of bullet detonation caps exploded in a passenger's luggage at Miami International Airport yesterday, triggering a terror scare. A 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with transportation of hazardous materials after the caps blew up as a baggage handler unloaded the suitcase from the Boston plane onto the tarmac.... More »

Officer Leaves Loaded Gun Magazine on Plane

But don't worry: He'll receive remedial training!

(Newser) - What with all the new "enhanced" airport security procedures, passengers on a recent Southwest flight were probably pretty surprised to find a loaded gun magazine on their plane. After landing in Phoenix yesterday, a child crawled off his mother's lap and knocked the gun magazine out of a seat-back... More »

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