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Complainant Name:
Phil Adams

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Phil Adams was one of 72 individuals who complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article which made inaccurate claims about certain types of guns that had been used in mass shootings and their availability in the UK. The complainant considered that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction in both the English and Scottish editions of the newspaper and on its website:

"In a story ‘Massacre guns on sale in UK' we stated that lethal assault rifles like the AR15 weapon used in America's Sandy Hook school massacre are being legally sold in Britain. A Welsh-based firm describes the Ruger SR22 semi-automatic as a ‘clone of the AR15'. We would like to clarify that these replica guns are scaled down versions of the originals, requiring .22 ammunition rather than the more powerful .223 calibre."

Date Published: 05/02/2013



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