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Harry Reid endorses universal background checks for gun purchases

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Sunday he supported requiring background checks for all gun purchases, but refused to endorse other proposals to curb gun violence. Licensed gun dealers are required to run federal background checks, but private sellers at gun shows and other venues do not have the…

Former Navy SEAL and author of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle shot to death at firing range

The man hailed as the deadliest military sniper in US history has been shot to death at a Texas firing range, allegedly by a former soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder. The death of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, 38, was confirmed Sunday by FITCO Cares, a foundation he helped start…

Gun-control group’s Super Bowl ad seizes on past NRA statement

Past statements by the National Rifle Association (NRA) supporting of background checks for all gun sales are at the center of a new advertisement by the gun-control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The New York Times reported on Saturday that the ad, which will air in the Washington, D.C. area…

White House releases Obama skeet-shooting photo

The White House on Saturday released a photo of President Barack Obama skeet-shooting, in an apparent bid to allay concerns among gun-owners that he is opposed to any and all firearms. Obama hits the road on Monday to push his plan to cut gun violence, which has become a centerpiece…

Gun owners tend to be male, white, married, living in south: Gallup

Gun owners in the United States tend to be male, white, married and living in the south, according to a study published Friday by Gallup. Men are three times more likely than women to own a gun, the analysis of surveys of some 6,000 people from 2007 to 2012 found.…

Report: Oakland PD pointed firearms at a sleeping baby

A new report by the federal monitor overseeing the Oakland Police Department officers pointed their weapons at a sleeping baby while executing a search warrant. “Two officers pointed their firearms at a sleeping 19-month-old child who, of course, posed no immediate threat to the officers or others,” said the Jan.…

6 year old expelled over toy gun allowed back into school

A 6-year-old South Carolina girl will be allowed back in school after being expelled early in January for bringing a toy gun for “show and tell,” school officials said Thursday. Naomi McKinney was expelled from Alice Drive Elementary in Sumter, S.C. on Jan. 7, according to a Wednesday report WLTX-TV.…

Ft. Hood Soldier gets 3 years for shooting friend in head to cure hiccups

A 27-year-old Fort Hood soldier on Thursday pleaded guilty to accidentally killing his friend while trying to cure a case of the hiccups. Spc. Patrick Edward Myers’ rank was reduced to private and he was sentenced to three and a half years in military prison, according to NBC News. Friends…

Oregon Internet cafe customer shoots himself with holstered gun

An Oregon man who was said to be “familiar with guns” accidentally shot himself with a holstered weapon that he was openly carrying at an Internet cafe in Eugene on Thursday. Eugene Police said that a 26-year-old man was in the Indras Internet Lounge restroom at around 3 p.m. when…

Jon Stewart mocks NRA chief: Let’s only pass laws that criminals will follow

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday night mocked the various arguments that National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre provided against gun control. At a Senate hearing on gun violence, LaPierre explained that citizens of the United States needed high-power firearms to both defend themselves from an overbearing…

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