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Ads Attacking Dr. Oz

Ads Attacking Dr. Oz

A super PAC that supports Republican Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dave McCormick has been flooding the airwaves in the Keystone State with ads attacking his opponent, cardiac surgeon and TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, as a “Hollywood liberal” and RINO, or Republican in Name Only. We’ll provide some context about the claims.

Biden Repeats False Claims at Gun Violence Meeting

Biden Repeats False Claims at Gun Violence Meeting

In remarks at a Feb. 3 gun violence prevention task force meeting, President Joe Biden repeated claims about gun rights and gun manufacturing that fact-checkers have previously found to be false.

Deceptive Trump Ad Attacks Biden on Guns

Deceptive Trump Ad Attacks Biden on Guns

A Trump campaign ad uses an out-of-context video clip to claim Joe Biden confirmed he will come for the guns of Americans if he’s elected president. In the unedited video, Biden was talking about his opposition to so-called “assault weapons” — not all firearms.

Republican Convention Night 2

Republican Convention Night 2

The fact-checking fodder included claims about the economy, the Democratic nominee and the president’s actions. 

Misinformation Outlasts Virginia Gun Bill

Misinformation Outlasts Virginia Gun Bill

A Virginia bill that would have banned the sale of “assault firearms” has been tabled for a year, but misinformation about it continues to circulate online — including a false claim that the state will confiscate guns.

Erroneous Claim of ‘End of Youth Hunting’ in Virginia

Erroneous Claim of ‘End of Youth Hunting’ in Virginia

Posts on Facebook wrongly claim that Virginia has “announced the end of youth hunting.” The state’s Department of Game & Inland Fisheries confirmed that there have been “no such changes” in state laws, and scheduled youth hunting days remain on the calendar.

Deceptive Second Amendment Ads

Deceptive Second Amendment Ads

Ads posted on Facebook from a committee working to reelect President Donald Trump claim that Democrats are calling for the Second Amendment to be repealed. To support the claim, the Trump campaign pointed to statements by a few state lawmakers and one candidate for U.S. Senate.

A False Claim About H.R. 8 and a ‘Firearms Registry’

A False Claim About H.R. 8 and a ‘Firearms Registry’

A viral meme falsely accuses five House Republicans of voting with Democrats to create a “firearms registry.” The bill in question specifically prohibits “the establishment, directly or indirectly, of a national firearms registry.”

Trump: 17 Repeats in 17 Hours

Trump: 17 Repeats in 17 Hours

Over the course of 17 hours, President Donald Trump repeated 17 false and misleading claims that we have written about since he became president.

Viral Claim Blurs Marijuana, Gun Policies

Viral Claim Blurs Marijuana, Gun Policies

Social posts wrongly claim that states legalizing marijuana also have “legislated” that those who use the drug cannot have guns. Actually, a long-standing federal law prohibits marijuana users from possessing or purchasing firearms, regardless of state policies.