Gun Lobby Crushes Limits on Armor-Piercing Ammo That It Helped Create

Adam Weinstein · 03/10/15 02:32PM

As the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives prepares to defend his budget before angry pro-gun senators Thursday, the agency is hitting the brakes on a plan to ban a type of armor-piercing ammunition after pushback from gun activists, sources tell Gawker.

It's Really Hard to Stop a Bad Guy With a Gun License

Adam Weinstein · 02/13/15 02:00PM

We don't know for sure whether, when Craig Stephen Hicks allegedly set out to kill his neighbors Tuesday night, he was targeting them as Muslims or he was "merely" pent up about the parking situation at his condo complex. What we do know is that he seems to have been a visibly unstable, volatile man, and he was licensed by the state of North Carolina to carry a concealed firearm.

This Texas Open-Carry Activist Says He's Ready to Kill Legislators

Adam Weinstein · 02/04/15 02:14PM

The Texas Legislature just cleared residents to legally carry guns on school campuses, and it's readying legislation to legalize open carry everywhere in the state. But the pace of its reforms is tyrannically slow, according to longtime gun activist Kory Watkins, and in a new video, he says if lawmakers don't speed up, they may face death.

Even the NRA Can't Believe These Assholes With Gun Ranges in Their Yards

Adam Weinstein · 02/03/15 04:29PM

Joseph Carannate just got old enough to (legally) own his 9mm handgun and was ready for some next-level Second Amendmenting: He set up a sad-looking pile of dirt and wood in the yard of his suburban house as a makeshift firing range. He's just taking advantage of a pro-gun Florida law that leaves even the NRA aghast.

Gun Nuts Simulate Paris Shooting, Get Shot By Simulated Terrorists

Adam Weinstein · 01/15/15 01:32PM

In an attempt to prove that good guys with guns could have altered the dynamics of last week's deadly Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, a Texas-based pro-gun group reenacted the shooting a dozen times with armed citizens and mostly discovered that armed citizens suck at stopping terrorists.

Open-Carry Gun Activist Arrested for Killing Husband and Stepdaughter

Adam Weinstein · 12/11/14 02:20PM

"Mama didn't raise no victim": That's how a controversial Texas gun-rights group described one of its dedicated members last May. That activist was arrested Wednesday for allegedly murdering her estranged husband and stepdaughter, then driving herself to a mental hospital.

Hunter Takes Aim at Dead Deer, Shoots Other Hunter Who Killed It

Adam Weinstein · 11/18/14 01:26PM

A hunter who had ventured across the Hudson from Dutchess County, New York, on the first day of hunting season took aim at a deer he thought he saw rustling in the brush. His shot, however, ended up in the butt of another hunter who had already killed the deer and was trying to haul it out of the forest.

Cops "Surprise" Middle School Students With "Active Shooter" Drill

Adam Weinstein · 11/17/14 01:25PM

Terror and death can strike anyone at any time. That's the lesson for Winter Haven, Florida, middle school students, parents and teachers, who were treated to a very special episode of terror last week after the local police staged a mass shooting drill on the school grounds without warning anyone beforehand.

Packers Fan Tries Repeatedly to Shoot Dog, Hits Jeep and House Instead

Adam Weinstein · 10/28/14 02:38PM

A Green Bay man with an AR-15 was arraigned on a felony charge in his Packers jersey after he tried to "defend his property" from a dog, missing it with eight close-range shots from the highly accurate rifle in broad daylight and instead peppering his neighbors' property with hot rounds.

The Billionaire Who Built the Glock Handgun Is a Filthy Sex Machine

Adam Weinstein · 10/13/14 11:27AM

Perhaps we didn't need a former VP of the U.S.'s biggest handgun manufacturer to tell us that the old coot running the company "spends money on mistresses, on houses, on sex, on cars. He bribes people. He's just a bad guy." Still, new court filings tell us how entertainingly horrible he and his family really are.

Many People Are Killing With Rented Guns at Shooting Ranges

Adam Weinstein · 09/17/14 01:17PM

In 2009, Marie Moore, pictured above, took her son Mitchell to a Florida shooting range and rented some guns. While Mitchell lined up, Marie killed him with a single shot to the head, then shot herself. She'd had a history of mental illness. She's one of many such Americans who have killed with rented firearms.

Here's Where Criminals Go to Buy Guns Online

Adam Weinstein · 09/17/14 09:35AM

You don't need Tor. You don't need super-secret encryption. And you definitely don't need a background check. Getting firearms online, fast, without any legal fuss, is pretty easy. In fact, a new report concludes plenty of domestic abusers and violent felons are getting guns that way.