Firearms

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
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
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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
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
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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
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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A 23-year-old white man was arrested and accused of killing two black men and shooting up a black family's home in a string of attacks last week that police say may have been racially motivated.
by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press
12:27pm
9.20.2017
Guns, ammunition, a Molotov cocktail and a school yearbook with pictures of faces marked with X’s were seized by police from the home of a Washington state high school sophomore accused of fatally shooting a classmate and wounding three other...
by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press
11:44am
9.19.2017
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A forensic investigation of the accidental shooting of a Polish teen determined that the unusual trauma in the case was caused by the deflection of the bullet off a mobile phone in the teen’s pocket, as explained in the latest American Journal of...
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12:17pm
8.30.2017
Authorities on Tuesday identified the gunman accused of opening fire inside a New Mexico public library as a 16-year-old high school student who they say killed a youth librarian and a second employee while wounding four people, including a 10-year-...
by Associated Press
10:51am
8.30.2017
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A new crop of guns bear no markings of their origin. They are hand-built in homes and shared workshops, don’t bear the serial numbers of licensed manufacturers and are untraceable, hence their nickname: “ghost guns.” While not illegal on the face of...
by Kristina Davis, The San Diego Union-Tribune
12:08pm
8.29.2017
Two members of the notorious “Hobos” gang, which ran a violent drug trafficking operation in Chicago for a decade, were sentenced to life in federal prison.
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12:03pm
8.23.2017
Aiming to stay ahead of an evolving threat against transit systems worldwide, officials in Los Angeles are testing out airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives.
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
10:29am
8.17.2017
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The likelihood of a police officer identifying someone concealing a gun or bomb is only slightly better than chance, according to new research from Iowa State University. The results, published in the journal Law and Human Behavior, found officers...
by Iowa State University
12:23pm
8.16.2017
Officer Quincy Smith of the Estill Police Department survived four bullet wounds—and the glasses equipped with a camera he was wearing at the time of the shooting have now resulted in a lengthy prison term for his attacker, 29-year-old Malcolm...
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12:30pm
8.11.2017
When Illinois jurors convicted Patrick Pursley of murder, they relied on an expert’s assurance that the scratches and dents on bullets and shell casings from the crime scene proved they could only have come from Pursley’s gun. More than two decades...
by Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
10:40am
8.11.2017
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Gun-friendly Arizona is trying to avoid deadly encounters between police and people behind the wheel by teaching armed drivers how they should handle themselves when they are pulled over. Arizona, which allows residents to carry weapons without...
by Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press
11:07am
7.24.2017
A study led by Oregon State University researchers found that American organizations identifying as gun violence prevention groups advocate for the right to bear arms and for some gun purchase and ownership conditions, which they argue will curb gun...
by Oregon State University
11:23am
7.18.2017
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A forensic expert in northwest Indiana says it’s possible to find the source of a falling bullet that fatally struck a 13-year-old boy. Police say they believe Noah Inman was playing basketball on July 1 when he was struck by a bullet that was...
by Associated Press
12:47pm
7.14.2017
A Florida man died of a gunshot wound nearly 60 years after the bullet was fired, a medical examiner says. The medical examiner determined that John Henry Barrett, 77, died in May of an infection and complications related to the gunshot wound and...
by Associated Press
10:12am
7.11.2017
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A judge ruled Monday that Florida’s lawmakers overstepped their authority in updating the state’s “Stand Your Ground” ruling. Under the law, prosecutors must prove by “clear and convincing” evidence that someone wasn’t acting in self-defense.
by Associated Press
1:58pm
7.3.2017
A doctor forced from a New York hospital because of sexual harassment accusations returned Friday with an assault rifle hidden under a lab coat and shot seven people, killing one woman and leaving several doctors fighting for their lives,...
by Colleen Long and Larry Neumeister, Associated Press
10:32am
7.3.2017
Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors are launching a new initiative Friday to stem the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at “epidemic proportions.”
by Associated Press
9:30am
6.30.2017
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A 19-year-old aspiring YouTube star’s boyfriend is dead after she shot him in the chest in a video stunt gone wrong, according to a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday. Monalisa Perez was charged with second-degree manslaughter, according to court...
by Phil McCausland, NBC News
11:01am
6.29.2017
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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