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


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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