Sheriff Smith actually informed the reporter on Monday that the loophole is that the state does not maintain a reliable, accessible database of convicted felons
In the eyes of many "journalists", convicted felons and gun owners are 6 of one, 1/2 a dozen of another. Some believe this so fervently, that they hear what they want to hear, and report it accordingly.
Others hear just fine, but have an agenda, and will write what they want the LIVs out there to hear...... if they get called on it, they'll fix it in the online version, days later, and print a correction burried on page 12 .....
Either way, the damage is done.