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By Dean Weingarten


Washington Post Gets Fingerprints and things Wrong

Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( The Washington Post printed some errors in its reporting on gun law.  So, what else is new?   That was my first reaction.   It has happened so often with the old media, I simply noted it and shrugged.

A couple of hours later, I decided it was worth reporting on, so I went back to the original article, and they had been corrected!   This shows that the power of the new media is growing.   I did not make a snap shot of the original error.  Here is what the post put up as notice of correction:

(CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect the following: the fingerprinting requirement was only removed for license renewals, not all licenses; guns are explicitly allowed, with written authorization from the appropriate official, at certain school-related locations, not on the premises.)

The comments on the article quickly noted the errors, which to be fair, were likely simply passed on to the Post from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, which is another old media institution that has been thoroughly smug in its anti-second amendment attitudes.   One of the commenters, reg241, quickly caught one of the errors:

 You are still finger printed when getting a license in Georgia, the new law for no finger printing is for renewing.

TheGunmother challenged them:

 That is not what the article says. Furthermore, some states that do not require fingerprinting have reciprocity with states that do. Automobiles have more stringent record keeping and requirements than CC and you can’t drive a car into a bar. So quit comparing the death rate to drunk drivers.

Then darthjasper confirmed that the error had been made:

This may shock you but sometimes reporters are simply wrong.

It is nice to see the Post correct their error so quickly.   There is evidence that the Post is starting to turn away from their condescending attitude toward gun ownership.

I look forward to more evidence of the same.

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • One User comment to “Washington Post Gets Fingerprints and things Wrong”

    1. oldshooter on April 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM said:

      I don’t see how you can get a NCICS background check if you don’t submit fingerprints. What states do not require fingerprinting (or is this just more erroneous stuff)?

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