Firearms

Charges could be filed in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, even though the gunman responsible for killing 58 people is dead, a lawyer for Las Vegas police told a judge Tuesday.
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
11:25am
1.17.2018
FBI agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to court documents...
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
10:56am
1.15.2018
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A yearlong Associated Press analysis found more than a dozen firearms sold by law enforcement agencies in Washington state since 2010 later became evidence in new criminal investigations.
by Martha Bellisle, Associated Press
11:16am
1.8.2018
Federal prosecutors have hired a specialist to do a 3-D depiction of two shots allegedly fired by an indicted FBI agent at the truck of Oregon standoff spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum two years ago.
by Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian
11:10am
1.4.2018
The gunman who killed a Colorado sheriff's deputy escaped from the mental health ward of a VA hospital in Wyoming in 2014 but was located and returned, according to a Veterans Affairs document obtained by The Associated Press Tuesday.
by Dan Elliot, Associated Press
12:00pm
1.3.2018
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A 16-year-old New Jersey boy armed with a semi-automatic rifle shot and killed his parents, sister and a family friend inside the home where they lived, authorities said Monday. The shooting occurred late Sunday night, less than 20 minutes before...
by Associated Press
9:56am
1.2.2018
An autopsy and some follow-up detective work disproved a woman’s account of an accidental self-inflected gunshot death of her boyfriend on Christmas Eve in suburban Louisiana, authorities said.
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11:56am
12.29.2017
Three major U.S. cities on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against the Pentagon to address a "clearly broken system" that they contend allowed a former Air Force serviceman to buy a gun and kill 26 people in a Texas church in November.
by Ellen Mitchell, msn.com
10:13am
12.27.2017
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Citing the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, South Carolina’s capital city approved a ban on “bump stock” devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic fully automatic guns. The measure was approved by Columbia City Council on Tuesday night....
by Associated Press
10:47am
12.21.2017
The far-right terrorist who shot 11 people in and around Stockholm in the early 1990s has been shipped to Germany to stand trial for the unsolved 1992 murder of an elderly Holocaust survivor. John Ausonius, dubbed “Laserman” for the laser-sighted...
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1:40pm
12.13.2017
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It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they aren’t, but they have been getting deadlier.
by Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press
12:36pm
12.12.2017
Jurors in a murder trial involving the 2015 death of a Tennessee high school football player who shielded friends from gunfire heard an interview Monday in which one defendant tells police he fired shots in the air without aiming at anyone that...
by Steve Megargee, Associated Press
12:03pm
12.12.2017
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Researchers fr­­om Stanford and Duke University examined recent studies on the causes of gun violence in the United States in an effort to find consensus in a body of research that often covers different states or different time periods, making...
by Stanford University
12:55pm
12.11.2017
In the wake of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut, the number of guns purchased in America spiked compared to baseline levels, and there were 60 additional accidental deaths related to firearms—20 among...
by American Association for the Advancement of Science
11:01am
12.8.2017
Comparative bullet lead analysis was first used in the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. What a panel of the National Research Council found 40 years after the event contradicted the FBI’s analysis of the...
by Clifford Spiegelman, Texas A&M University via The Conversation
12:19pm
12.7.2017
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Authorities charged a man Tuesday in connection with the slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, more than seven years after Wright's bullet-riddled body was found decomposing in a Tennessee suburb.
by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press
10:22am
12.6.2017
Italy’s leading law enforcement organization and Vanderbilt University are planning to collaborate on research of firearms identification evidence. The Italian State Police and their Scientific Police Department will work in the areas of “physics...
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12:24pm
12.4.2017
A hunter who fatally shot a neighbor out walking her dogs after sunset but who claimed he mistook her for a deer was charged on Thursday with manslaughter and hunting after hours.
by Associated Press
10:49am
12.4.2017
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A jury on Thursday found a Mexican man not guilty in the killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier that touched off a fierce national immigration debate two years ago, rejecting possible charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to first-degree...
by Paul Elias, Associated Press
10:23am
12.1.2017
A string of deadly shootings on the streets of the central historic district of Tampa was solved when the alleged killer’s murder weapon was reported by a McDonald's employee, authorities announced early today. Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, is...
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12:48pm
11.29.2017
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State laws that restrict gun ownership among domestic abusers and others with violent histories appear to significantly reduce intimate partner homicides, indicates a groundbreaking national study led by a Michigan State University researcher.
by Michigan State University
9:54am
11.29.2017
Tips from informants helped lead law enforcement to the man accused of fatally shooting a rookie police officer in suburban Pittsburgh during a traffic stop, officials said Tuesday. A SWAT team arrested Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, at a Pittsburgh home...
by Associated Press
12:09pm
11.21.2017
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The gunman who killed his wife and four others in a rampage in Northern California this week built his own guns at home. It is the latest case of homemade semi-automatic weapons being used in a crime, and it comes as federal authorities try to draw...
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
11:00am
11.17.2017
Police searched a cordoned-off Florida neighborhood Tuesday after a fourth person was shot dead, possibly by a serial killer. Spokesman Steve Hegarty said detectives can't immediately say whether the latest shooting is related to last month's 10-day...
by Associated Press
10:50am
11.14.2017
An escort is accused of shooting an Everett, Washington man twice in the head after he hired her for sex. He was found three days later, alive, but unable to speak. Detectives believe the alleged call girl shot the man and stole his wallet to go on...
by Caleb Hutton, The Daily Herald
1:08pm
11.10.2017
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The gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a Texas church was able to buy weapons because the Air Force failed to report his domestic violence conviction to the federal database that is used to conduct background checks on would-be gun purchasers,...
by Lisa Marie Pane and Robert Burns, Associated Press
11:52am
11.7.2017
The gunman who opened fire in a small Texas church, killing 26 people during Sunday services, had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law before the attack, which appeared to stem from a domestic situation, authorities said Monday.
by Jim Vertuno, Associated Press
1:02pm
11.6.2017
Is gun violence contagious? According to new findings from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford, the answer is mostly no. Rather, this violence is a chronic issue for particular neighborhoods and requires place-specific...
by University of Pennsylvania
1:20pm
11.3.2017
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A new hybrid recipe makes a better ballistic gelatin, a team of scientists report. The mixture of gelatin, particles and fibers, shaped like organs and even supplemented with tinges of red dye, better mimics the damage done by a bullet or a knife...
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11:41am
10.31.2017
The two-week period after Nevada gun shows—among the least restrictive in the country—brings a 70-percent spike in gun violence in the areas within a drive across the border in California, according to the latest study by a team of scientists from...
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12:51pm
10.24.2017
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A jury must decide whether the shooting death of a handcuffed man in the rear of a patrol car was a suicide, accident or “at the hand of a sheriff’s deputy,” a federal judge said in a ruling filed Monday.
by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
12:18pm
10.24.2017
Easier access to concealed firearms is associated with significantly higher rates of handgun-related homicide, according to a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher.
by Boston University School of Medicine
11:39am
10.23.2017
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Boys involved in school shootings often struggle to live up to what they perceive as their school's ideals surrounding masculinity.
by Springer
12:34pm
10.20.2017
The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions...
by Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press
1:07pm
10.19.2017
Statistics over the last decade point to a routine, if grim, reality: the rate of mass killings has remained completely steady. At the same time, it remains completely unpredictable, report two scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-...
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12:59pm
10.19.2017
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The National Rifle Association joined the Trump administration and top congressional Republicans Thursday in a swift and surprising embrace of a restriction on Americans' guns, though a narrow one: to regulate the "bump stock" devices the Las Vegas...
by Erica Werner and Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press
11:56am
10.6.2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he is reviving a Bush era crime-fighting strategy that emphasizes aggressive prosecution of gun and gang crimes.
by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
1:25pm
10.5.2017
Forensic analysis of the dozens of weapons at the Las Vegas massacre crime scene, and in the attacker’s home, could benefit from the use of a “revolutionary” new analysis that could tell the inside story of Stephen Paddock’s guns: computed...
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1:20pm
10.3.2017
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A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 50 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday...
by Sally Ho and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press
10:02am
10.2.2017
An algorithm developed by a team of scientists from Malaysia attempts to clear up pictures for quantitative comparisons of firearms and toolmark evidence, as described in an open-access study published online today.
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1:14pm
9.21.2017
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