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SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — A local gun store says a cable company is violating its rights.

Surf City Guns and Ammo had been running commercials on Time Warner Cable. Now, the company will not allow the small business to run the ads it wants.

“It’s an issue of my First Amendment rights as well as our Second Amendment, and I think stepping all over our rights is dangerous, and that’s not the America we’re supposed to be living in,” store owner Dorothy Royal said.

Royal posted an outraged status to Facebook after Time Warner Cable told her the ads she had paid for would no longer run on the cable system.

“They’re pushing us out of the system, as if people are going to forget about guns if there are not gun commercials on TV, and I don’t think that’s fair,” Royal said.

In a statement, the cable provider said, “Time Warner Cable has policies in place that govern the kind of advertising we accept. Under that policy, we no longer accept ads showing semi-automatic weapons and guns pointed at people. We stand by this policy. If it’s essential to a business owner to show this kind of imagery in their commercials, there are other advertising options in the marketplace.”

When we asked if the cable provider would also ban similar programming, TWC said no.

“Viewers make a conscious choice to watch particular TV programs and movies, and tools like TV and movie ratings and the parental control features of our Digital TV service help consumers make informed viewing choices for their families,” a TWC spokesman said in an e-mail to WWAY. “Consumers don’t choose the advertising that airs during a particular show, so it’s appropriate for us to have a policy.”

Others say if companies start attacking guns, where will it stop?

“I’m afraid it begins here with them wanting to be politically correct and trying to frame the debate and forming people’s opinions about something that’s perfectly legal and there is nothing wrong with,” NRA member Jeff Trout.

Many people, including veteran Jim Singleton, say people should uphold the laws and rights in our country instead of being reactionary.

“I spent 26 of the best years of my life defending those rights, and I don’t want to see some politician, because it’s popular, when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” Singleton said.

Royal says her commercials depict responsible, legal gun ownership.

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33 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Gun shop says Time Warner Cable anti-gun policy violating rights"


direc tv
2015 years 9 months ago

we should boycott twc i already have direct tv maybe everybody should start dropping them like they did the gun shop

Vog46
2015 years 9 months ago

So do we allow porn and depend upon the viewer to turn away and not watch?
No we ban porn

TWC has an advertised restriction on gun advertising. If the gun shop violated that policy then re-shoot the ad or give them their money back.

But if anyone here thinks the 1st Amendment is ironclad – think again.

Vog

Guest01228
2015 years 9 months ago

It’s an interesting and very well made point. We know that cars and alcohol aren’t the cause for drunk driving accidents it’s the drivers. But society doesn’t want to place the blame on people for murders committed with guns; they’d rather blame the guns.

I’d suggest changing cable companies if your a subscriber and make sure you call TWC to let them know why you’re switching companies. BTW, I think DirectTV had a deal going on for $100 off or something like that. It might offset an early cancellation fee.

Gun Supporter
2015 years 9 months ago

It is well within a privately owned TV station to refuse to run an ad. If they refuse to refund money already paid then this is a problem but if they don’t want to run the ad that is their right.

There is no 1st amendment or 2nd amendment violation going on.

I do not support the current gun control but spouting off about things like this make guns owners look bad.

Beach Bum
2015 years 9 months ago

Best way to hurt Time Warner is to switch to satellite services.

 

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