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Second Amendment Group Sues Katie Couric Over Edited Gun Documentary

Daniel Pickert | September 13, 2016 12:33pm ET

Katie Couric received criticism earlier this year for her portrayal of gun owners in her documentary, "Under the Gun." Now, it's coming back to haunt her.

Couric is now being sued for $12 million by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a Second Amendment advocacy group.

A few months after it was released in January, the documentary came under fire due to a scene in which Couric appeared to stump gun rights advocates with the question: "If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?"

The question is followed by a solid 10 seconds of complete silence as members of the VCDL appear perplexed -- but that's not what really happened.

In the uncut footage, VCDL affiliates responded to Couric's question for nearly six minutes, as described in the complaint for the lawsuit. Daniel Hawes, one of the gun rights advocates suing Couric and a lawyer who deals with firearms cases, apparently responded to the question by saying:

In fact, the 10 seconds of silence depicted in the film actually happened when Couric told the gun rights advocates to sit in silence while the camera crew calibrated the equipment.

"We were horrified to see how Couric and her team manipulated us and the video footage to make us look like fools who didn't stand up for the Second Amendment," VCDL President Philip Van Cleave stated.

Couric responded to the uproar saying, "I take responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League."

The VCDL is seeking $12 million in compensatory damages, as well as punitive damages of $350,000.