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

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Submitted: Thu, 01/17/2013 - 10:15pm
Updated: Fri, 01/18/2013 - 1:29pm

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.


  • direc tv says:

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

  • Vog46 says:

    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.


  • Guest01228 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  • Guest2020 says:

    I’m sitting here tying to remember when I have ever seen a television advertisement promoting assault rifles and I cannot think of any. However, and unfortunately, I can remember all the stupid commercials promoting alcohol and how many people are killed and injured by people driving drunk? Is Time Warner going to ban all commercials that promote violence or products that can lead to killing? They better ban food ads, I mean, you can easily choke to death on a potato chip. They should stop advertising for McDonald’s, because you can definitely have a heart attack if you eat too many Big Macs. What about all those video games that lead to violence? They need to quit advertising those as well, especially since video games are geared toward minors. Are they going to quit airing promos for their violent programming? Seeing Jason Statham beating up someone in a promo commercial might cause someone to go out and beat up someone else. I wonder how many sex offenders use Viagra or other erectile function medications. Time Warner should drop those commercials as well. And while their at it, they should not promote feminine hygiene products either. After all that highlights a part of PMS and we all know how some of us females can be during that time of the month. I could go on and yes, I have exaggerated a bit, but I think you get my point.

  • Guest01228 says:

    TWC needs to be sued for breach of contract. When TWC accepted the advertisers money they agreed to air the shows. When they try to change the contractual details they perform a breach of contract.

    It’s no different than if BestBuy agreed to sell you a TV for $100 and took your money and then decided they didn’t want to sell you the tv for $100.

  • B M says:

    Time warner cable, hmmmm, do they have or have they ever had any ties to HANOI JANE?, alias Jane Fonda?

  • mech says:

    Cable companies and the entertainment industry profit from violent movies and violent video games which display, and even glorify the irresponsible use of firearms. Yet, when it comes to those who are law-abiding citizens who promote the responsible use of firearms for self defense and other legitimate purposes, these people are censored.

  • GuestY 1 says:

    Wow…so they have no problem selling porn (PPV) but they refuse to air a commercial bought and paid for by a local gun shop??? What about all the shot em up action movies they air or the slasher horror flicks?! Vote with your wallet I say. Dump them and save some $$$ at the same time.

  • Richard113 says:

    Time Warner may or may not have the right to ban ads of any type shown over their cable network. But they seem to be picking on one industry unfairly. In 2012 there were 11,493 people killed by guns in the US and Time Warner has elected to stop showing gun ads. However, in 2010 (the latest year statistics are available for) there were 10,228 people killed by drunk drivers, and 32,885 people killed in motor vehicle accidents. We need to ask why hasn’t Time Warner decided to stop showing motor vehicle and alcohol ads. Or is Time Warner planning to not show the Budweiser ads during their broadcast of the Super Bowl? That is not likely to happen. Look at the whole picture not just a small piece of it. Additionally, the news media needs to start reporting fairly. We don’t hear much about a family of four killed by a drunk driver, but have that family of four killed by a gun and the news media sensationalize it.

  • GuestIcan says:

    As a business they should have the right to decline customers. At least they let us know which side they are on so consumers can make informed decisions to take their dollars elsewhere. Sure the choices are limited but cable is not a necessity. We can do without if we feel that strongly.

    Seems that they would drop all violent content if their intent were purely in the spirit of safety.
    If they are all about public health, how about nixing the fast/junk food commercials. And I know I’d sure appreciate them dropping erectile dysfunction ads while they are at it.

  • Erlkoeng says:

    What makes gun owners look bad are the constant stream of lies from the libs.

  • Guest28480 says:

    I already have!!!!!!

  • Guestinyourhonor says:

    Good point counseler!

  • Free speech says:

    Lodge a complaint with the FCC and get their license to broadcast under review.

  • John says:

    Time Warner already sucked before this. Outrageous cable prices as it is, now they refuse to run a local businesses ads. You may be against guns and think this is good, until they decide to stop advertising something you like.

  • Jaybird says:

    In answer as to yes or no,the answer is no.

  • GuestTBagger says:

    Erl, the reason I support gun control to the extent that assault rifles need to be banned is that I fear that a drooling imbecile like you could get hold of one.

  • JonathanM says:

    I see this as an advertising BONUS. TWC gets all liberal, you get instant name recognition! Screw TWC.

    Got any AR-15’s in 5.56 available for sale? I’m definitely in the market, but sadly a few weeks too late, it seems.

  • Guest1118 says:

    why I’m glad that we switched to DirecTV a few years ago. Is Time Warner going to stop showing all movies and TV shows with guns? Liberalism: it’s a mental illness.

  • Russell says:

    So Why Don”t they just run the adds with guns on shows that has the rating.So that Viewers who make a conscious choice to watch particular TV programs and movies can see these add?Sounds kind of two faced to me.I am glad I don’t have to deal with these bozoo.Sue them get the ACLU involved.

  • guesty says:

    So all the Bud Light Superbowl commercials are not for beer? Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Ellen Hunter says:

    Cigarettes are a legal product but are not advertised because it is believed they cause medical problems. Alcohol is a legal product but is not advertised because it leads to drunk driving. Assault weapons should not be advertised because they are the choice of mass murderers.

  • Guestinthecrosshairs says:

    You can not legally. Only people can assault people. Quit texting and driving, you are a bigger danger!!!

  • Erlkoemig says:

    Sorry, Ellen but the weapon of choice for the biggest mass murderers is gun control. Sadam Hussein, Joseph Stalin (aka Uncle Joe to the lefties, Adolfo Hitler). If we apply your tiered, worn out narrow thought process we’d have to stop car advertisements, baseball bat advertisement, and Oprah advertisements. This since her show has been the most responsible for killing the American spirit.

  • Guest461 says:

    First, cigarette advertising has been halted because it is KNOWN they cause medical problems. Alcohol IS currently advertised! Wine, beer and liquor are regularly in commercials, especially over the holiday season.

    Another note to your fully inaccurate post. Airliners, boxcutters, Anthrax, Ricin poison, Serin gas, diesel fuel, fertilizer, axe handles and swords have also been the choices of mass murderers.

    You’re not a big fan of actual history are you?

  • Nate says:

    Really? You will profit from movies and film that portray murder, rape, and violence as being “cool”, but you wont let a company advertise its LEGAL products, tools that are used every day by law abiding citizen for sport shooting, as well as for defense of their lives, homes, and families. I am glad I am a DISH subscriber, cause if I had TWC, I would be cancelling my account today!

  • GuestMan. says:

    also kill people and they are not allowed to advertise on TV either. Plus, TWC can sell advertising to whomever it wants to. If the gun shop wants to advertise then do it somewhere else. This is just plain stupid.

  • aaron says:

    TWC will not allow advertising that depicts semi-automatic weapons or guns pointed at people.

    Will they allow television programming that does the same?


  • truthseeker says:

    Some liberal, moronic person at Time Warner made this decision which is wrong. Everyone should move to satellite and boycott Time Warner for their personal views not business views.

  • RSimmons says:

    It’s embarrassing to watch these clowns rave about their 1st and 2nd amendment rights and not have a clue what the amendments actually encompass. No wonder Yankees think we are all uneducated hicks!

  • robo says:

    The gun shop is right. TWC is totally wrong on this issue.

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