Update: This Report Is False — Italian Shotgun Executive Fingered As Terrorist By Denver Cabbie


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):


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.

Roberta Perazzi

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.

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  • JeffH

    Is his surprising? NO! The government loves a snitch…even ignorant snitches…unless they’re snitchin’ on the government. The error in this debacle was made by the law enforcement officers who could have just as easily verified who the guy was with a couple of phone calls but , no, they just treated him like a criminal instead and terrorized the guy. I guarantee this wasn’t the first time Perrazzi ever caught a cab to a firearms related show or convention either.

    Perazzi is a high end and well known shotgun maker and their guns are also used by world class and Olympic shooters.

    • grassroot

      Liberal Fascism, at work

    • JeffH

      Oh well, that’s what I get for not verifying the report…wahhhhh!

  • cimarronkid48

    Was this man arrested or detained until his story checks out? Reporters on each side of the fence ought to keep the facts straight and the politics out of the print. A foreigner shows up with multiple weapons… a cabbie alerts police who detain the man a short time until his story checks out (not arrested) …. he is released a short time later. Just the facts without the bias or it sounds like a socialist rags.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Arrested or detained is a matter of semantics. In most of the world there is no difference, except for the bribes that must be paid to win freedom. Apparently the ‘worker’s paradise of kolorado’ is becoming just such a despotism.

    • Robert

      This cabbie is pretty stupid, he should know there is a gun show and the cops are more dumbier than cabbie.

    • AuntiE

      Is there some reason they could not have asked about the guns, his passport, etc. at the Merchandise Mart. Were they so utterly incompetent that while they awaited the arrival of the cab they did not notice there was a gun collectors show.

  • Nr Diesel

    I would love to be able to afford a Perazzi shotgun.

  • dan

    Sam , I need the name of the false witness/cabbie and the cab company so that I can know who NOT to patronize. …or at least a link to a source

    • Daniel F. Melton

      You’re safer to avoid the entire state of Colorado.

      • Guest

        You got that right. I used to like to go camping out there … never again! Even if they kick all the libturds out, I’ll never set foot in CO again.

    • Robert

      Why just cabbie, just not to patronize to the state of Colorad, no hunting, fishing, sking, vacation, etc….

  • Robbie

    Gee, give the cab driver a break. Cabbies get robbed all the time and, let’s face it, there have been far too many nasty gun incidents of late. The guy got scared. Better safe than sorry. No need to get all paranoid about this incident.

    • chocopot

      How often do cabbies get robbed by middle-aged white guys who are openly carrying multiple long guns? Are you really that stupid?

      • AuntiE

        Yes, he is!

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Will you be so complacent when you are stopped and forcefully searched for having been seen putting your guns in your car and heading out for a day of hunting or target shooting?
      Cab drivers do not often get robbed by businessmen wearing suits and carrying multiple VERY high end long guns. If I could not have a Purdy shotgun I’d wish for a Perazzi. Not being wealthy enough to buy my own county, I’ll just have to make do with my Rem 870.

      • AuntiE

        Robbie probably does not have any of those scary inanimate objects that make scary noises all by themselves.

    • AuntiE

      Well absolutely. The cab passenger is going to magically reach through the back of the seat and pull out a shotgun from the trunk (where they had been placed) and rob the cabbie. Wow..I am laughing at you not with you.

    • Michael Shreve

      Robbers SELDOM take several full size shotguns with them on a crime spree.

    • john811c

      Does no one read the article IT SAYS THE WHOLE ARTICLE WAS FAKE contrived, a fabrication, so to get all worked up over a false news article about guns is stupid. BUT we should be worked up over the reporting of it as fact when it was a LIE by the press

      • ChiefBoring

        Could this falsely created story have been aimed at denigrating the “Cabbies on Patrol” program? It does smack of the Cuban neighborhood watch program of the Castro regime. Maybe there are underground freedom lovers in Colorado? Hmmm…

  • jdn

    Colorado was once a proud state , now its just a sanctuary for dope smokers , crazies and paranoid liberals . Farmers , ranchers , hunters and hard working folks are outnumbered and being smothered by the paranoia and laws being imposed by the left .

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Colorado was becoming too Kalifornicated to tolerate when I left there in 1993. From what I’ve seen since, it’s gotten exponentially worse.

      • Constitutionist

        What state did you move to from CO?

    • Walt

      Most of the Kalifornia transplants must have needed jobs as they arrived in Colorado. The mistake was to hire them and provide them with the ability to stay and live in the state. While the laws says that you can’t discriminate on the basis of color, sex, national origen; no law says that you can’t discriminate on the basis of “state origen”…LOL!

      • AuntiE

        I am going to repetitively plagiarize your discrimination on state of origin line for use on other sites. Thank you.

    • elmcqueen3

      Exactly…This is what happned in Colorado and other mid-west states…We have an east-coast elitist by the name of John Hickenlooper who after his east coast graduation decided Colorado would be ripe for rape and plunder…Thus John Hickenlooper moved to Colorado and brought all his liberal idealism with him…The other east-coast liberals already here promoted him to Mayor of Denver…Pending his doing such a good job to their bidding the CommieCrats were elated…John Hickenloopper will sign anything his fellow CommieCrats put before him with no questions asked… He was further promoted by his fellow CommieCrats into the position of Governorship…Colorado became a sanctuary city and a haven for the Mexican Drug Cartels with which to push their drug traffiicking…
      With full approval of the CommieCrats who also enjoy empowering the Mexican Drug Cartels as evidence in Boulder, Vail and Aspenj, Colorado…These are the places the east coast and west coast liberals love to call home and spend their wealth…especially on drugs…Gov. John Hickenlooper is an example of how east coast outsiders have found the people of Colorado to be an easy push over for liberalism, progressivism, socialism, unionism, marxism and Communism…Colorado has become the play ground of those groupies and much more…Governor Hickenlooper joined the urban CommieCrat crowd giving no concern to rural Coloradan’s…Many of who now wish they would not have voted him into office…If rural Coloradan’s still enjoy being trashed by a liberal outsider then they deserve what befalls them…As witnessed by Colorados frivolous and stupid gun laws whereas 54 out of 62 county sheriffs have filed law suit against Hickenlooper and his fellow CommieCrats…I doubt the Sheriffs will suceed…This state has become a cancer of radicalism filled with corrupt politicians with which the Colorado CommieCrats seem not to mind but rather enjoy!

  • Munnster

    Any cop that is too stupid to not know what a Perazzi shotgun is, shouldn’t be allowed to carry a gun or be a cop.

    • grassroot

      Or vote,,

  • Charles

    Isn’t that called “profiling?”

  • AuntiE

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that those terrorists want an eight to ten thousand dollar shot gun, which is about the price for a new Perazzii. To bring those guns into the country, Mr. Perazzii HAD to have US Govt. permission and appropriate paperwork for each weapon. Personally, I would sue the cab driver, cab company, Larry Stevenson (founder of the Taxi on Patrol Group) and last but not least each police officer. What a PR nightmare for CO. Oh well, who cares. They are just another CA, NY, NJ, CT spinoff.

    • David169

      AuntiE, when is the last time you priced a Perazzi? The last Perazzi I had in my hands was an trap gun designed for shooting international trap. It had a price tag of $22,000 and that was ten years ago.

      • AuntiE

        Goes to show how old the one in the closet is!

      • JeffH

        NEW: Perazzi MX12 Sporting 12GA with 33″ fixed choke (.016/.024) barrels and 4mm ramped 7×7 rib for less obstruction to the shooters line of sight. SC2 wood upgrade with Monte Carlo stock, right hand palmswell, factory adjustable comb and fully checkered sporting forend. Includes factory hard case, tools. Price: $10,875.00

    • john811c

      did you even read the article, It says it was a FALSE report there was no Taxi, there was no President of the gun company here (He has been dead over a year) His son president and CEO was not in the country the whole story is a fabrication (fiction, make believe, fake)

  • mnkysnkle

    There’s still something fishy here!! If he was the president of a foreign company that sells weapons, he should have carried the necessary documents for those weapons, Where were they? And why didn’t a limo pick him up? A cab? Well, ok; I’ll give him that, but if the cab driver was worth his salt he would have had a “handle on” all the conventions and shows going on in the area. Did he not know he was taking him to a GUN SHOW?? The “suspect” just walked out of one of the most “security intensive” areas in the state with several gun cases and made no apparent attempt to hide them. Surely the astute cabby should have picked up on that! And what was the reason for taking him into custody? Were “his papers” not in order? Of course being able to summon two lawyers up on a Saturday afternoon might have had some influence on his early release. And who took him into custody? The two counties involved still haven’t come forward to claim responsibility for the arrest. Could another department be involved? CBI? FBI? Homeland Security? In any way it exposes a coming police state, The Colorado legislators are now trying to give sovereign authority of our state to federal law enforcement in their attempts to override the Sheriff‘s authority. The dems are bad news in this state, but the repugs are still less than would be desired.

    • john811c

      you must be daft the whole article was debunked as FALSE

      • mnkysnkle

        Have you figured it out yet? Maybe the HEADLINE should give you a “clue” “UPDATE”. Look at the timeline of the postings dummy!!!

  • Michael Shreve

    I’m pretty sure the USSR had a similar program.

  • dan

    Thanks for the update….although I think I received some excellent advice about avoiding occupied Colorado….I get weird vibes in Denver , anyway.

  • john811c

    Colorado was invaded by liberals from the state of California however there are several petitions out there to have recall elections against the democrats in office who pushed for the gun control legislation

  • Speedy

    Fox news. That tells it all.

  • Charles

    Can anyone understand the “Official Press Release” quoted in the article?

    • ChiefBoring

      I put it down to a poor translation from the Italian language original. Romance languages often reverse the position of verbs and nouns from English usage. This can be confusing to a poorly trained translator.