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Comcast Yanks Gun Ads, Gun Advocates Upset

By Mireya Garcia
Published On: Feb 22 2013 06:25:41 PM CST
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The largest cable company in the United States is yanking gun ads from TV. Comcast won't show local spots on national cable channels. The ban is for commercial time sold by Comcast spotlight. It’s the company's advertising division.

Gun shop owners in Colorado Springs object to the decision.

Earl Barcome is no fan of Comcast’s move to stop airing gun commercials on national cable channels. Barcome is the owner and gunsmith of Gunin'.

“It just doesn't make any sense to me,” said Barcome.

He respects Comcast’s right to make that call, but said the company is coming from the wrong place.

“The reality, I believe, of this whole deal is hysteria. We are surrounded with hysterical actions,” said Barcome.

Barcome is not alone. Gun shop owners and gunsmiths nationally are upset with the move. Many say Comcast should keep the constitution in mind before making this kind of change.

“That piece of paper is no small matter. It is literally the road map for the success of this country,” said Barcome.

In a statement Comcast said:

“Consistent with long standing NBC policies, Comcast Spotlight has decided it will not accept new advertising for firearms or weapons moving forward. This policy aligns us with the guidelines in place at many media organizations.”

Viewers will still see gun ads on certain channels. Local stations, like KRDO NewsChannel13, can sell commercial time to gun shops.

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