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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 »

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 »

Ga. District's Defense Plan: Assault Rifles in Safes

Police introduced idea

(Newser) - A school district in northeast Georgia has a potential new plan against shootings: Schools would keep assault rifles in safes. One Colt carbine M4 rifle would be kept in each of three schools; the safes wouldn't unlock without the fingerprint of a school's resource officer, the Times of ... More »

Cops: Santa Monica Gunman Assembled Own Weapon

Zawahri appears to have built his AR-15 to dodge gun laws

(Newser) - The Santa Monica gunman who killed five people last week appears to have assembled his own weapon—possibly in his bedroom—to skirt gun laws, reports the Los Angeles Times and AP . That would help explain the drill press authorities found in John Zawahri's room. In essence, Zawahri may... 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 »

Man Gets Pulled Over, Fires AR-15 at Cop

Cop is fine, man is in hospital after return fire

(Newser) - A valuable lesson in how not to react when a cop pulls you over: A Colorado man who was pulled over for driving without his headlights just after 2am today exited his car and opened fire at a police officer with an AR-15-style rifle. The cop survived uninjured, but the... More »

Gunman Dead in Shooting at Houston Airport

He may have killed himself while being confronted by security

(Newser) - A man who fired a gun inside a ticketing area at Houston's largest airport was killed today after being confronted by a law enforcement official during an incident that sent people in the terminal scrambling, police said. It's unclear whether the unidentified man fatally shot himself or was... More »

Iowa City's Police to Buy AR-15s With Own Money

Plan would see $55 deducted from paychecks for 1.5 years

(Newser) - Police in Marion, Iowa, a small city of 38,000 in the eastern end of the state, are planning to upgrade to AR-15s ... by buying the $2,000 weapon themselves, reports Fox News . Half of Marion's 50-strong police force intend to get the new weapon, and are willing to... More »

We Women Need AR-15s for Self-Defense

'National Review' essayists make their case for semi-automatic rifle

(Newser) - The AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is getting vilified in the media, but two female essayists at the National Review explain why it's their weapon of choice for self-defense. Simply put, it's a great gun—light, easy to shoot, and accurate, write Celia Bigelow and Aubrey Blankenship. In this age... More »

Cops: 5 NM Murder Victims Were Teen's Own Family

Boy, 15, charged with killing parents, 3 siblings

(Newser) - The two adults and three children allegedly shot dead by a 15-year-old boy in New Mexico were the teenager's own family, police say. The victims have been identified as respected local pastor, Greg Griego, his wife Sarah, and their children Zephania, 9; Jael, 5; and Angelina, 2, KOB reports.... More »

Dick's Sporting Goods Halts Sales of Some Rifles

As private equity company tries to offload company that makes Bushmaster

(Newser) - Dick's Sporting Goods has pulled all of its guns from its location closest to Newtown, Connecticut, and has pulled some models of semi-automatic rifles from all its stores, the company announced today. On the company's website today, the page for "modern sporting rifles" is blank, CNN reports.... More »

Gunman Kills 2 in Oregon Mall

Cops: Portland suspect shot himself

(Newser) - A man wielding an AR-15 rifle opened fire at a Portland-area mall tonight, and police say three people are dead, including the gunman, reports the AP . Police say the gunman, who has not been identified, killed himself. The man was wearing camouflage and a mask, and according to the Oregonian... More »

Bachmann Gushes Over Her Favorite Semi-Automatic

Happiness is a warm gun

(Newser) - Deer don't have a prayer around Michele Bachmann, who gushed in a Iowa radio interview yesterday about her "favorite" gun—the AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, the home version of the military's M16. "That's a combat weapon," responded the impressed WHO-AM interviewer. "I love... More »

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