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Fake News - 'California Bans All .45 ACP Ammunition'


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According to a report that is currently circulating the Interwebs at speed, California has just implemented a state-wide ban on the sale and ownership of all .45 ACP ammunition.

The report claims that the ban is effective immediately although there will be a 60 day grace period to allow police to begin enforcing the ban.

The news has caused a great deal of angst among gun enthusiasts and has been roundly condemned on various firearms related forums.

However, the claims in the report are false. No such ban has been implemented. There are no credible news references that support the claims in the report.

In fact, the story comes from the fake-news website National Report. Nothing published on National Report should be taken seriously. The site has the following disclaimer buried in its archives:
National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental.
The site's articles are presented as news and the above disclaimer is not displayed on or easily accessible from article pages. Thus, many visitors believe that the claims in the site's fictional stories are real news and pass them on in good faith.

Moreover, an alternative version of the site that has identical content uses the URL 'nytimes.com.co' apparently in a deliberate attempt to trick people into believing that the stories are associated with the New York Times. If you glance quickly at the URL, you may not register the '.co' on the end and therefore mistakenly assume that it belongs to the New York Times ('nytimes.com').

It is wise to verify all online 'news' stories that come your way before you share them. A search on a news aggregator such as Google News should quickly reveal if a circulating story is true.

   

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California Implements Statewide Ban On All .45 ACP Ammunition

The California Legislature has passed a controversial Assembly Bill that creates a ban on the future sale and ownership of all .45 ACP ammo. The bill states that the ban on the popular ammunition is in effect immediately, however does include a 60 day grace period prior to state law enforcement enforcing the ban.

California Implements Statewide Ban On All .45 ACP Ammunition


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Last updated: April 20, 2015
First published: April 20, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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