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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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  • Guest01228

    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.

  • Guest01228

    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.

  • Guest2020

    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.

  • Beach Bum

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

  • Jaybird

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

  • Free speech

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

  • GuestY 1

    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.

  • mech

    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.

  • Vog46

    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.


  • Erlkoeng

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

  • direc tv

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

  • GuestIcan

    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.

  • Richard113

    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.

  • B M

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

  • John

    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.

  • Gun Supporter

    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.

  • Guestinyourhonor

    Good point counseler!

  • Guest28480

    I already have!!!!!!

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