Update: This Report Is False — Italian Shotgun Executive Fingered As Terrorist By Denver Cabbie
May 21, 2013 by Sam Rolley
Personal Liberty published a story with incorrect information in the Tuesday edition of our email newsletter based on reports from the Gun Rights Examiner and Fox 31 Denver, claiming:“Daniele Perazzi, president of Perazzi Shotguns, was arrested on his way to the annual Colorado Gun Collectors Show held in the city over the weekend after a cab driver, alarmed at the sight of prototype shotguns the executive was carrying, called authorities to report that he was transporting an armed ‘foreign speaking’ terror suspect.”
A press release issued by the Italian company Perazzi Shotguns indicates that not only was Perazzi not arrested in Denver, but he has been deceased for more than a year.
From the Perazzi website (translated by Google Translate):
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
About press reports of Denver (Colorado), relating to an alleged arrest for terrorism Daniele Perazzi (founder of Perazzi Armi SpA) urged by a taxi driver of the place, we point out that the news is completely devoid of any foundation.
In fact, Daniele Perazzi is, unfortunately, failed to live for about a year. Even his son, Mauro, was last Saturday in the USA.
This means that as reported in the press is absolutely false and wrong and that, consequently, the news has not been verified for nothing.
The company Perazzi, however, contrary to what is written, is familiar with the American legislation on weapons because of his extensive and well-known activities of marketing its products in the USA.
Since it is difficult to think of simple error, it is believed that someone who has interests contrary to those of the Perazzi SpA, may have created this false defamatory purposes only.
The company has already instructed his lawyers to take the most appropriate actions, civil and criminal, in order to protect the brand represented and related activities, and also turning a profit on the American market.
CEO Weapons Perazzi S.p.A.
David Codrea, who published the original report about the fake incident for Examiner, alleges he was the victim of a complex hoax. He writes in an update to his original story:
I was sent an email from a very well-known Second Amendment attorney titled “major urgent story.” As I protect my sources, I will be immediately sending him an email asking if I may disclose his name.
He set down the story, essentially as presented in my Examiner column, and gave me as contacts NRA Director Schreiner and another attorney, one whose CV includes Oxford and Harvard–she requested I not use her name for attribution and I honored that for my story.
I called both and had extensive conversations that include contemporaneous notes of our conversations, and they both independently confirmed the contents of the email and each others’ accounts.
To further source the story, I linked to a Fox News Channel 31 Denver report.
…The bottom line is, I went through an extraordinary level of verification on this story before publishing it. If it turns out that it is, as the press release states, “completely devoid of any foundation,” that means someone went to extraordinary lengths to create and perpetuate a hoax story, and to draw me and others into it, and to smooth entry by using credible people.
Fox 31 Denver has since scrubbed the report from their website.
Personal Liberty regrets passing false information on to our readers.
Political initiatives aimed at promoting fear culture and the vilification of inanimate objects in America produced an embarrassing incident over the weekend when the president of a high-end Italian shotgun company was taken into police custody in Denver because a terrified cabbie thought he was a terrorist. Daniele Perazzi, president of Perazzi Shotguns, was arrested on his way to the annual Colorado Gun Collectors Show held in the city over the weekend after a cab driver, alarmed at the sight of prototype shotguns the executive was carrying, called authorities to report that he was transporting an armed “foreign speaking” terror suspect. “He loaded prototype shotguns into the cab on the way to the Merchandise Mart,” National Rifle Association Director Steve Schreiner, who was at the event, told Gun Rights Examiner. “The cab driver notified law enforcement he suspected he had a terrorist in his cab, and they were waiting to intercept him, evidently oblivious to the fact that he was arriving at a highly publicized area gun show.” Perazzi reportedly had seven shotguns that were confiscated when police arrested him and returned after authorities realized they had arrested a top gun manufacturing executive in town for a popular, and widely publicized, gun show. According to reports, Perazzi was rattled by the event and left the country shortly after his release; his lawyers have not ruled out the prospect of taking legal action against the officers involved in the executive’s arrest. The cabbie reportedly was involved with a program called “Taxis on Patrol.” Through the program, taxi drivers are trained to detect and report suspicious activity by passengers or people on the street to police. “If we see someone dropping a backpack. If we see someone taking pictures of security cameras. If we see someone attempting to time law enforcement response. Then we need to understand that we also need to call in that type of suspicious behavior as well,” Taxis on Patrol founder Larry Stevenson, said in a recent interview about the program.