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Saturday, September 21, 2013

New York Times corrects AR-15 Navy Yard story, still misses the mark -- By Emily Miller, The Washington Times

Aaron Alexis, identified by FBI as the Navy Shipyard shooter.After two days, the New York Times finally corrected its story claiming Virginia state law blocked Aaron Alexis from buying an AR-15 rifle before his rampage at the Navy Yard. The article, however, still is not accurate.

On Tuesday, I wrote that the Times was part of the widespread effort in the liberal media to tie the AR-15 rifle to the mass murder or 12 innocent people in Washington on Monday.

The headline was — and is — “State Law Stopped Gunman From Buying Rifle, Officials Say.”

It said that the gunman was stopped from buying an AR-15 “because state law there prohibits the sale of such weapons to out-of-state buyers, according to two senior law enforcement officials.”

In fact, there is no residency requirement in federal or state law for purchase of shotguns or rifles.

The New York Times issued a correction on Thursday, but did not change the text of the article, so a reader would have to go all the way to the end to know the whole first paragraph and headline are wrong.

The correction at the end read: “An earlier version of this article, using information from senior law enforcement officials, referred incorrectly to Virginia state gun law. Out-of-state buyers must provide additional forms of identification to purchase a high capacity AR-15 rifle; the laws do not prohibit the sales of all AR-15 rifles to all out-of-state buyers.”

This is still not fully accurate: Virginia requires that any buyer of “assault rifles”’ — whether residents of the commonwealth or not — show proof of U.S. citizenship.

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