NYT corrects AR-15 Navy Yard story, still off mark

NYT corrects AR-15 Navy Yard story, still off mark

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….

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.

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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.

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