August 5, 2014 |
FEAR LED Shaneen Allen to buy a handgun. Allen, 27, of South Philly, worried she'd be robbed again, left bleeding and bruised with her shirt torn apart like that breezy July night last year in an alley off South Street. She thought of her boys, Naiare and Sincere, growing up without a mom, and she worked too hard for them and too many jobs to lose it all over some makeup, a $20 bill and a SEPTA TransPass, she said. "I was actually scared to buy the firearm, because I didn't know anything about guns," Allen said Wednesday inside her townhouse as the boys hovered around her. Allen obtained a license-to-carry permit and legally purchased a .380 Bersa Thunder, a gun with two safeties and a trigger lock.
June 13, 2014 |
A BONNIE AND Clyde pair of armed bandits robbed two men and shot one of them outside a Far Northeast gun shop and shooting range last night, making off with seven stolen firearms and leaving the shooting victim critically wounded. Cops late last night were hunting for the duo, believed to have at least nine handguns. "We are now looking for two very dangerous individuals," Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "They are extremely dangerous and heavily armed suspects. " The dramatic events began shortly after 8:30 p.m., when police raced to the Delaware Valley Sports Center, on Geiger Road near Gantry in Bustleton, for a reported shooting, Small said.
September 22, 2013 |
TRENTON - In the spring, Gov. Christie personally proposed a ban on sales of the .50-caliber Barrett semiautomatic sniper rifle. But last month, the Republican governor vetoed a bill that would have implemented that very ban, saying Democratic lawmakers went too far by forcing current owners to give up the military-style weapon. Now, New Jersey's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Steve Lonegan, whom Christie has endorsed, will hold a fund-raiser in Camden County in which donors can shoot the same gun for $25 a round.
February 14, 2013 |
He says he walks the road less traveled, preparing to survive the end times with firearms and purified water, but Fernando Antonio Salguero wasn't quite prepared to find himself where he was on Wednesday. Salguero, a Bridgeport, Montgomery County resident who founded the group "Survive and Thrive," was attending municipal court in Somerdale, Camden County on Tuesday for motor-vehicle violations when police noticed that his 2005 Ford Crown Victoria was parked illegally. Police also learned that Salguero had been arrested last month in Hopewell Township, Mercer County for unlawful possession of a weapon, so they asked if they could search his car, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
February 4, 2013 |
GLEN ROSE, Texas - A 25-year-old man was charged with murder in connection with a shooting at a central Texas gun range that killed former Navy SEAL and American Sniper author Chris Kyle and his friend, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Sunday. Sgt. Lonny Haschel said in a news release that Eddie Ray Routh of Lancaster was arraigned Saturday evening on two counts of capital murder. Officer Kyle Roberts at the Erath County Jail said Routh arrived there Sunday morning and is being held on a combined $3 million bond.
January 28, 2013 |
The parking lot at the National Guard Armory was full, and so was the grassy field used as an overflow lot. Lines stretched out the door. Inside, attendees squeezed through narrow aisles - past mothers pushing babies in strollers, past burly men in camouflage, past long rows of tables displaying knives and holsters and ammunition and handguns and semiautomatic rifles. Saturday marked the first of Philadelphia's five scheduled gun shows this year, and by midafternoon, the crowd at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia showed no signs of diminishing.
January 18, 2013 |
When reporting about guns, I'm often asked whether I've fired one myself. "Just once," I'd reply, not elaborating to say I found my trip to a Virginia shooting range terrifying. So when I was sent to see how gun shops and shooting ranges around Philadelphia were faring amid the debate over firearms, I was prepared for the same question. But I wondered: Would shooting again change my ambivalence about guns? A Gallup poll found 47 percent of U.S. adults say they have a gun in their home or property.
July 4, 2012 |
SPOKANE, Wash. - In the tinder-dry West, where campfires, fireworks, and even lit cigarettes are banned across public lands, another fire-starting culprit remains free of most restrictions: guns. This year, officials believe target shooting or other firearm use sparked at least 21 wildfires in Utah and nearly a dozen in Idaho. Shooting is also believed to have caused fires in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Those concerns come as states grapple with ways to cut the risk of new fires ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, when many people fire their guns to celebrate the nation's independence.
June 21, 2012 |
A 26-YEAR-OLD man remains in critical condition after attempting suicide at the Philadelphia Archery and Gun Club in South Philadelphia Monday afternoon, police said. Police and medics responded to the club on Ellsworth Street near 9th about 1:45 p.m. The unidentified man shot himself in his head, and was taken by medics to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, said Officer Tanya Little, a Police Department spokeswoman. Employees at the shop Tuesday night spoke over the sound of guns being fired in the background, and said they were unaware of anyone being injured there on Monday afternoon.
February 17, 2012 |
AN Upper Darby man killed himself with a gunshot to the head at a Delaware County shooting range on Valentine's Day, authorities said, the second suicide there in six months. According to the Delaware County Office of the Medical Examiner, Isaiah James Jones, 25, shot himself in the bathroom of the Targetmaster Indoor Gun Range in Chadds Ford about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. State Police had not released any information on the incident as of last night. On Aug. 22, police said, a 22-year-old West Chester man killed himself at the gun range.