Firearms

The Supreme Court is rejecting yet another call to decide whether Americans have a constitutional right to carry guns with them outside their homes. The justices on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling that upheld the San Diego sheriff’s...
by Associated Press
9:36am
6.27.2017
The trial of of 33-year-old Irish man, accused of murder with a shotgun, has heard that he tried to urinate on his hands before gardaí tested them for firearms residue.
by Natasha Reid, Irish Independent
10:31am
6.26.2017
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In a new study, researchers determined that there has been a shift toward more lethal weapons that appear to be designed primarily for self-defense, rather than recreational use, such as hunting, target shooting or other forms of recreation.
by Elsevier
9:16am
6.22.2017
Firearms are the third-leading cause of death of U.S. children, taking approximately 1,300 lives annually and injuring another 6,000 each year. More than half the deaths are homicides, according to a study published today.
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12:09pm
6.19.2017
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, officials said. His wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.
by Erica Werner, Associated Press
8:39am
6.14.2017
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The motivation to own a handgun for self-protection is not just about fear of crime, according to the new model proposed by researchers; it is also about a more general sense of threat emanating from "the belief that the world is an unpredictable...
by Society for Personality and Social Psychology
10:45am
6.9.2017
A man who was fired from a Florida awning factory in April returned Monday with a semi-automatic pistol and methodically killed five people, then took his own life at the sound of an approaching siren, authorities said.
by Terrance Harris and Mike Schneider, Associated Press
9:24am
6.6.2017
A mentally distressed ex-Marine who pointed a fake handgun at police in the Orlando International Airport and shouted "kill me" said he wanted to speak to the president, according to an arrest affidavit released Wednesday. Police have called it an...
by Mike Schneider, Associated Press
9:59am
6.1.2017
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Alaska authorities found one shell casing after a man tried to shoot and kill himself but the bullet passed through his head and took the life of his girlfriend, a prosecutor said Monday. Victor Sibson survived the shooting and was charged with...
by Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press
9:46am
5.23.2017
Prosecutors say a prominent Atlanta attorney intentionally killed his business executive wife and tried to exert unlawful pressure on witnesses as authorities investigated the September shooting death. A grand jury indicted Claud "Tex" McIver on...
by Kate Brumback, Associated Press
12:46pm
4.28.2017
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Acoustic sensors mounted on lampposts and telephone poles picked up the crack of gunfire and rapidly enabled police to zero in on where it was coming from. Within minutes, the alleged gunman in the deadly rampage was under arrest.
by Scott Smith, Associated Press
8:53am
4.21.2017
The man who randomly killed a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook shot himself to death on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, police said. Authorities say officers spotted Steve Stephens and tried to pull him over, and, after a brief...
by Mark Gillispie, Associated Press
12:24pm
4.18.2017
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The search for a suspected killer who posted gruesome Facebook video of a fatal Cleveland shooting put authorities in surrounding states on the lookout Monday after police said the man might have left Ohio.
by Associated Press
9:26am
4.17.2017
A man walked into his estranged wife's elementary school classroom in San Bernardino and opened fire without saying a word, killing her and an 8-year-old student before shooting himself in a murder-suicide that spread panic across a city.
by Christopher Weber, Associated Press
9:26am
4.11.2017
The hunt continues Monday for a man suspected of stealing firearms from a Wisconsin gun store who sent an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump and has threatened to carry out an unspecified attack, sheriff's officials said.
by Associated Press
10:37am
4.10.2017
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A new study suggests that Chicago’s recent spike in violence is not due to a “Ferguson Effect”—but is instead a product of the ready availability of handguns. The researchers contend that the increasing crime and violence trends started before the...
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12:24pm
4.7.2017
A Pennsylvania man used a homemade, high-pressure air gun to fatally shoot a neighbor with whom he had an affair, officials said. The victim was shot with a homemade metal projectile in the driveway of her home across the street from the suspect's.
by Associated Press
12:09pm
4.7.2017
Disturbing new details have emerged about a foiled mass-shooting plot aimed at a Maryland high school. Police uncovered a shotgun with ammunition, fireworks and an arsenal of other materials for making bombs at the teen’s home in Thurmont, Maryland.
by CBS News
12:42pm
3.30.2017
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Child-welfare officials investigated an Arizona couple accused of murder in their 9-year-old son's shooting death after she gave birth to a child who had been exposed to methadone and heroin. The couple's children were put in foster care for a year.
by Jacques Billeaud and Paul Davenport, Associated Press
11:13am
3.24.2017
A group of doctors who treated mass shooting victims is asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The group of 10 doctors said makers of military-style...
by Associated Press
10:25am
3.15.2017
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A recent medical journal report points to research showing that in Philadelphia, gun murders and injuries are much more strongly associated with race than neighborhood income levels. More than 80 percent of victims of firearm injuries reported in...
by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
10:43am
3.9.2017
Chicago's leaders regularly blame lax gun laws in Illinois and nearby states that enable a flow of illegal weapons to the city's gangs and criminals. But community leaders and security experts say no one seems to be taking responsibility for train-...
by Michael Tarm, Associated Press
11:24am
3.3.2017
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Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people. The Obama rule would have prevented an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders...
by Kevin Freking, Associated Press
9:30am
2.16.2017
During 2003–2012, Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) programs in 41 states reported 145,811 persons with blood lead levels (BLLs) greater than or equal to 10 µg/dL. Cases of retained bullet fragments accounted for 457 (0.3...
by Debora Weiss, Carrie Tomasallo, Jon Meiman, et al., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
9:41am
2.13.2017
Alcohol abuse and firearm violence have been linked in a long list of academic and population studies. But a new study links DUI offenses with later violent crimes and gun offenses committed by legal firearm owners.
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11:54am
1.31.2017
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Police have been warned to remain vigilant as a gun disguised as a mobile phone goes on sale in the U.S. Created by Minnesota-based manufacturer Ideal Conceal, the double-barrelled pistol can carry two bullets and comes complete with laser sights.
by Owen Hughes, International Business Times
11:44am
1.12.2017
In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Green and colleagues report on firearm violence in Chicago, Illinois, from 2006 to 2014 and show how the violence is transmitted by social interaction through networks of people.
by JAMA Internal Medicine
10:58am
1.5.2017
Tunisian suspect Anis Amri smuggled the weapon used in the Berlin Christmas market attack across borders to Italy and used it in the shoot-out in which he was killed, Italian police said Wednesday.
by The Sun Daily
10:52am
1.5.2017
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Sixty-four officers were shot and killed in the line of duty this year. Twenty-one of those officers were killed by ambush attacks targeting police, according to new data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, up from six in 2015.
by Ari Melber & Diana Marinaccio, NBC
12:11pm
12.29.2016
A forensic scientist, during a hearing today before Winnebago County Chief Judge Joseph McGraw, backed off testimony from 1994 credited with convicting a Rockford man on charges of first-degree murder.
by Jeff Kolkey, rrstar.com
11:19am
12.14.2016
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The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints defensive leader Will Smith faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter during a trial that made spectators of some of the city's sports heroes.
by Kevin McGill, Associated Press
10:34am
12.12.2016
Prosecutors called on a judge to reject a request by former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to block ballistics evidence from being used at his upcoming double murder trial, saying the testing done by Boston police is scientifically...
by John R. Ellement and Milton J. Valencia, The Boston Globe
11:13am
12.8.2016
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A Charlotte police officer who shot and killed a black man at an apartment complex, touching off several nights of unrest in the city, will not face charges, a North Carolina prosecutor announced Wednesday.
by Jeffrey Collins and Tom Foreman Jr., Associated Press
12:25pm
11.30.2016
Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial starting next week in the killing of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church last year, a federal judge ruled Friday.
by Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press
10:52am
11.25.2016
A change in self-defense laws in Florida that gave citizens the right to use lethal force to protect themselves in public has been linked with the state's homicide rates going up by nearly a quarter, according to a new study.
by University of Oxford
12:48pm
11.21.2016
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