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Suspected Terrorists and Guns

The mass shooting in Orlando by a man who pledged allegiance to the terrorist Islamic State has reignited a debate in Washington over suspected terrorists’ access to guns in the U.S. But we find fault with some of the claims made by both sides.

Groundhog Friday

Here is our latest edition of Groundhog Friday, a feature highlighting false or misleading claims that politicians have repeated. This week’s installment includes a claim that President Obama went on an international “apology tour” for the U.S.

Orlando Club Had Armed Security

Donald Trump said there were “no guns on the other side” in the mass shooting in Orlando and there would’ve been fewer deaths “if the bullets were going in the other direction.” But at least one person at the club fired at the shooter.

Trump Distorts Clinton’s Gun Stance

Donald Trump distorts the facts when he says “Hillary Clinton wants to take your guns away” and “abolish the Second Amendment.” Clinton’s gun violence prevention proposal would impose restrictions, but it does not call for banning all guns.

Video: Clinton on Vermont Guns

This week’s fact-checking video by CNN’s Jake Tapper is on Hillary Clinton’s claim about guns from Vermont being “used in crimes and violence and killings in New York.”

Clinton’s ‘Charleston Loophole’ Claim

Hillary Clinton said the FBI needed “just one more day” to stop Dylann Roof from being able to purchase the handgun that he allegedly used to kill nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, last year. That’s false.

Video: Obama’s Gun Proposal

This video from FlackCheck.org examines some of the conflicting statements politicians have made about guns since President Obama announced his plans for tighter gun controls.