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Woman Reaches for Phone in Purse, Fires Gun Instead

She had a concealed carry permit

(Newser) - A woman's purse is a multitool. It can be a fashion accessory, a lunch bag, a first aid kit, a storage locker, or an impromptu umbrella for a dash to the door in a downpour—it is definitely not a holster, however. So learned Kashaun Alexsis McRunells of Edwards,...

Armorer on Baldwin Set Called 'Inexperienced and Green'

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed reportedly raised alarms on last film set with Nic Cage

(Newser) - As the investigation into how one was killed and another injured with what was supposed to be a prop gun on an Alec Baldwin film set, many have turned their focus to Rust's young head armorer. Per TMZ , Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was in charge of guns on the set where...

Family Sues Walmart After an Employee Kills Himself

Relatives of Jacob Mace say store sold him a gun but knew he was contemplating suicide

(Newser) - The family of a 23-year-old man who bought a shotgun at Walmart and killed himself with it hours later is suing the store over that sale. But the allegations from the relatives of Jacob Mace have an additional twist—he worked at the very store where he bought the gun,...

He Taught His Son About Guns. Then the Boy Shot Himself

An 11-year-old's death, and the subject of safe storage legislation

(Newser) - The night on which 11-year-old Tyler Paxton died in 2014 began in an unremarkable way. He had Taco Bell for dinner and watched YouTube videos, sharing one involving an otter with his mom. He told his parents he was going to watch cartoons in their room. Then came the gunshot....

Supreme Court Dismisses Closely Watched Gun Case

Move is a relief to gun control advocates

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sidestepped a major decision on gun rights Monday in a dispute over New York City's former ban on transporting guns, per the AP . The justices threw out a challenge from gun rights groups, ruling that because the city already has rescinded the controversial law in question,...

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal From Gun Groups

Bump stock ban was upheld by lower courts

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal of the federal ban on bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic firearms to fire rapidly like machine guns. The justices did not comment in declining to review a lower court ruling that upheld the ban, which took effect nearly a year ago,...

NYT: NRA Chief Told Trump to 'Stop the Games' on Gun Laws

NRA confirms meeting took place, denies Wayne LaPierre offered 'special arrangements' to Trump

(Newser) - A scathing Senate report claiming the National Rifle Association acted as a "foreign asset" for Russia wasn't the only headline the gun lobby group ended up in this week. The New York Times reports that NRA chief Wayne LaPierre met with President Trump on Friday at the White...

Big-Name CEOs to Congress: You Need to Act Now

Heads of Twitter, Uber, others write letter asking for tougher gun laws

(Newser) - The CEOs of nearly 150 companies are stepping into the nation's gun debate, imploring Congress to expand background checks and enact a strong "red flag" law. In a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, CEOs from businesses including Airbnb, Twitter, and Uber asked Congress to pass a...

Kroger: No More Open Carry in Our Stores
Kroger Makes a
Big Change on Guns

Kroger Makes a Big Change on Guns

Grocery chain doesn't want customers openly carrying in its stores anymore

(Newser) - On the same day Walmart made its big change regarding guns , Kroger made its own move: The grocery store chain no longer wants to be a place where "open carry" is OK. "Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than...

McConnell: Senate Will Consider a Gun Bill, on One Condition

Majority leader says President Trump must signal he'd sign it into law

(Newser) - In the wake of the most recent mass shootings in Dayton , Ohio, and the Texas cities of El Paso and Odessa , Republican Mitch McConnell finds himself once again under pressure to bring some sort of gun legislation to the Senate floor, including measures that have a thumbs-up from both the...

As Trump Flips on Background Checks, an 'Audacious' Plan

March for Our Lives' bold proposal calls for an assault weapons ban, raising gun-buying age

(Newser) - Student activists who survived the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., are responding to more recent mass shootings in a bold way: with a full-blown gun-control proposal. "It's nothing like anyone else is proposing. We are really setting audacious goals," March for Our Lives board member Tyah-Amoy...

He Went Out to Shoot Ducks, Was Shot by Dog

Matt Branch loses part of his leg in Mississippi hunting accident

(Newser) - "My dog ate my homework" is what Matt Branch would probably rather be saying following what must be the worst hunt of his life. The Louisiana hunter was preparing to move positions during a duck hunt with friends on family-owned property near Mississippi's Eagle Lake on Dec. 28...

2-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shoots Self After Finding Gun

It happened Saturday in Fresno, California

(Newser) - A California toddler has died after authorities say he accidentally shot himself. The tragedy occurred in a Fresno neighborhood, where police arrived to a call Saturday. Per ABC 30 , police said the boy's parent was not at home at the time, but that two adults were. Police said they...

Teacher Who Fired Gun in School Safety Class Resigns

California's Dennis Alexander accidentally shot at the ceiling

(Newser) - A teacher who accidentally fired a gun inside a Northern California classroom while teaching firearm safety has resigned. KSBW-TV reports that Dennis Alexander submitted his resignation to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District on March 29. It will be effective at the end of the school year. Police say Alexander...

Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun; At Least 1 Student Injured

Dennis Alexander was reportedly teaching a lesson on 'public safety' at a Calif. high school

(Newser) - As a controversial idea to arm teachers is pushed , and students gear up for gun control demonstrations across the nation, a California story lends unsettling context. Per KSBW , a teacher at Seaside High School in Monterey County (also 2013's reserve officer of the year for the Sand City PD...

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...

5-Year-Old Finds Gun in Nightstand, Fatally Shoots Self

Alaska police are investigating

(Newser) - Police in Anchorage, Alaska, say a 5-year-old boy rummaging through a nightstand drawer late at night found a loaded gun and wound up fatally shooting himself, reports KTUU . Christian Johnnson died after midnight Tuesday while his parents were in other rooms of the house, reports the Anchorage Daily News . The...

Half of US Kids Hang Out in Homes With Firearms
Half of US Kids Hang Out
in Homes With Firearms
new study

Half of US Kids Hang Out in Homes With Firearms

Some states ban pediatricians from even discussing guns with families

(Newser) - In the US, it's estimated there are now more guns than there are people, as the Washington Post reported in 2015, so it may not be too surprising that about half of children regularly spend time in homes with firearms. Less well known is that, while an average of...

Dad Who Shot, Killed Son: We'll Still Keep Guns in House

'The gun didn't kill my boy. I did'

(Newser) - The father who accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son at a Florida gun range Sunday is speaking out to make sure others learn from the tragedy. "The gun didn't kill my boy. I did," William Clayton Brumby, 64, tells CNN . "Every round in the gun...

Utah Bill Would Require Middle Schools to Teach Gun Safety

And also to prepare students for active shooters

(Newser) - Utah's eighth-graders may soon add gun safety and active shooter preparation to their traditional math and English classes. Republican Sen. Todd Weiler introduced the "Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention in Public Schools" bill last month, the Washington Times reports. If passed, it would require schools to teach gun...

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