Reporting the news, when it comes to stories involving firearms, can be extremely complicated. There are many commonly used words and phrases that one would assume are accurate, but are often not at all. The sources of these descriptions, definitions, and sayings can range from politicians to the military, to governments, NGO’s, activists, and other news outlets, but not all of these sources are created equally when it comes to terms being properly stated, or even relevant to the story. With the advent of the 24-hour news cycle, priority is often given to speed over accuracy. This can often lead to incorrect information being disseminated, which usually leads to misconceptions being exaggerated and duplicated by other news outlets and social media.
This website will attempt to address many of the misconceptions and misuses of the terminology often used to describe various aspects of firearms and firearm related law in order to add clarity and accuracy to news writing and reporting. It will also serve as a quick access guide to finding specific federal and state laws as well as a repository for scholarly articles. Use the drop down menu at the top to find the subject most useful to you.
If you have been referred to this page, there is a good chance that you have made an error in a social media comment, blog, or news story that warrants perusing the content of this web page to become better informed.
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