Denver TV station KDVR, a Fox affiliate, broadcast a story Saturday that claimed an Italian shotgun-company executive "was taken in for questioning by law enforcement" after a taxi driver mistook him for a terrorist. KDVR didn't speak to the executive, Daniele Perazzi, but to his "U.S. attorney," who "told FOX31 Denver that her client was scared during the incident because he’s not familiar with U.S. gun laws and thought he’d done something wrong."
Daniele Perazzi died in 2012. The "incident is devoid of any foundation and the news is completely fabricated," the company said in a statement.
And the woman who contacted the station wasn't an attorney, KDVR now says. But she wasn't the only one flogging the story, KDVR reports:
David Kopel, a nationally-recognized Second Amendment attorney with the Independence Institute in Denver, first told FOX31 Denver about the alleged incident Saturday. He referred us to Korrine Aguirre, who, it now appears, concocted an elaborate but false story.Kopel has been visiting faculty at Poynter and recently spoke at a Poynter seminar on how to cover guns. (more...)