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Gun Store Facebook Pages Suspended After Orlando Massacre, Owners Blame Liberal Agenda

BROOKSVILLE – A local gun store owner is up in arms over what he says is another attack on his business and the 2nd Amendment by liberals gun control activists.

Steve Champion, owner of American Gun and Pawn in Brooksville has used Facebook to promote guns and ammo for over three years. Champion says he’s followed Facebook’s rules and policies when it comes to advertising and has never violated those terms. But that all changed this morning, when Champion says his personal and business pages were unlisted, preventing others from viewing his pages and promoting products.

Champion says he’s not alone; Florida Gun Supply in Citrus County and West Coast Pawn in Polk County were suspended as well.

During a Facebook Live interview today, Champion said “I think it’s a direct response to the shooting,” referring to the horrific Orlando massacre that claimed the lives of 50 people.

Despite overwhelming evidence that the shooter, Omar Mateen, was a radical Islamic terrorist, Champion says liberals are exploiting the Orlando tragedy to push for more gun regulations.

According to Facebook’s Policy, paid advertisements cannot include weapons, ammunition, or explosives. Champion says he completely understands those rules and never attempted to pay for advertising to sell firearms. Champion says the sale of firearms from person to person (without a license) is also prohibited.

In a statement from the Josh Horwitz, Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Horwitz says “I am sick and tired of seeing the same, ugly pattern repeat itself time and time again. An angry man with a history of violence gains immediate, legal access to firearms (including military-grade firepower) and targets a vulnerable constituency in an act of pure hatred.  We saw this in Charleston. We saw it at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Now Orlando has become the site of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.”

Horwitz urges Americans to contact Congress and ask that they immediately vote on legislation to stiffen gun laws, including H.R. 4269, which would renew and strengthen the federal Assault Weapons Ban.

This isn’t the first time Champion has faced controversy over being a gun dealer. Last year Suntrust Bank suddenly closed his bank account; claiming that his business no longer met their “business objectives.” ORIGINAL STORY

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  • Oklahoma City bombing 168 dead, does it matter how they were killed? dead is dead. U.S army veteran, Christian, and American citizen Tim McVeigh was the terrorist. Orlando shooter born and raised in the USA. People on the “no fly” should not get guns.

    Friday, 17 June 2016, 3:14 pm
  • wingnut I meant

    Y’all no something else
    12 gauge
    Double barrels
    14 shot clip
    2 in chambers
    16x 15 pellets per round
    These are to shoot at what or whomever because I ain’t seen no zombies yet
    These are being turned loose also
    ar with 30 rd clip ain’t got crap on them

    Friday, 17 June 2016, 11:42 am
  • Proud vet
    I think we are talking about mass shooting s
    that’s where the fbi considers more than 4 people shot
    I think more than 1 would be deemed mass shootings
    And people go to google news very interesting article bout ar inventor
    Only built fer military
    Not civilians
    The government turned them loose to the people

    Friday, 17 June 2016, 11:20 am
  • Yea
    Thanks willie
    You are starting to sound like my wife
    Now I won’t be able to hear you anymore

    Friday, 17 June 2016, 10:56 am
  • What about 9/11?

    Friday, 17 June 2016, 6:45 am
  • Wounded knee was a mass killing by American Indians and the U.S Government, but it was not a terrorist killing. The killings in Orlando occurred by a terrorist in the name of ISIS, which is a terror organization out of a foreign Country
    Therefore Orlando stands a the worst Mass Terrorist Killing here in the United States.

    Friday, 17 June 2016, 12:17 am
  • Wing nut. U can change ur name to lug wrench when i get done with u. Bang bang. Reload.

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:28 pm
  • thanks Sillie W! well gotta run, Some men in black SUV’s with “vote Obama” bumper stickers going door to door on my street collecting guns, Gonna have them in for coffee.

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 11:21 am
  • skinny, eat and then you can think strait

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 2:28 am
  • Once again Proud Veteran,put the whiskey down and go to bed.Nobody is coming to take your guns away.BUT, in your case they should.

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 2:25 am
  • Wing nut,I think you are the only one here that is not a wingnut. These others just quote NRA bullcrap.

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 2:18 am
  • this guy is as crooked as a good old boy could get, don’t vote for man who makes his living taking stolen items in from the ghetto.

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 9:44 pm
  • quote from proud veteran grand theft auto article dated 6/9. I have to agree that such weapons such as AR15s should be banned” Talking out of his head and backside!!

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 2:45 pm
  • Lols. I live for the comments section on this site.

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 1:42 pm
  • So when the Government comes knocking in your door after Obama declares Marshall just before the election or just before the inauguration, just tell them that you no longer have your weapons, you sold them to some radical islamists since all our confiscated weapons will be given to them so they can control our Country. Watch and see!!!! DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR WEAPONS NO MATTER WHAT THEY ARE!! Remember this, it is not guns that kill, it is the idiot who is holding the gun.

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 1:04 pm
  • Face Boot a lacky for Feds Has an illegal Global Monoply!

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 9:27 am
  • Yes the shooter got the gun legally but you can buy any kind of gun on the street. Gun control does not take guns away from criminals

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 9:01 am
  • Remember people
    The government arrested an American for THREATS against a Muslims
    They arrested an American for burning the Koran
    Don’t y’all think we are losing ground here
    Now they will make it more difficult for America’s people to live in peace

    Sure does seem that
    Our government is our worst enemy
    Probably just wasting ink but that’s the way I see it
    Where’s Orsen when u need him

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 8:04 am
    • Here Skinny, you can use my tin foil to make a hat. lol

      Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 2:14 am
  • I was talking about Mohamed Hussein bin Obama administration says it was America’s fault , not his Muslims family
    Wake up north America

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 7:53 am
  • And if you do not like my comment bout ur brother u can kiss my red white and blue ***

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 7:49 am
  • I think I should have access to RPG’s and fully automatic weapons, throw in a FIM 92 stinger for good measure. I have a right to bear arms as per the constitution. It has long been decided that certain “arms” are not intended to be available publicly for safety reasons, please don’t conflate limiting some semi automatic weapons to taking ALL your guns away. Americans overwhelmingly support a universal background check. If you think your AR 15 will protect you from government tyranny, you know JACK about modern warfare.

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 5:40 am
  • The government, military, police, sheriff, dhs and all the other cops do not keep us safe, look at the crime which occurs everyday under the watchful eyes of our protectors. What keeps us as safe as we can be under the idiots currently in public office is the 100 million plus gun owners in this country. And to that end, those gun owners should immediately stop buying products in any form of commerce from those that promote a happy place without guns. America has lost the ability to react in an intelligent response to our current state of affairs.

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 5:02 am
  • Screw fb and horwitz. I got my concealed permit and never leave the house without a weapon.
    Every like minded individual needs to get one. Trump all the way. Support the 2nd Admendment.
    Like the other post I will let all my friends know to support our local businesses.

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 3:19 am
  • The shooter is described as an angry man by Horwitz. Angry at homosexuals. So he kills them. Do not lose sight of the fact that the shooter was a Muslim. Homosexuals are put to death in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Qatar and several other Muslim countries. Was he deranged, or was he following the tenets of his religion?.

    Our guns are what keep us free. The founders of this country realized the importance of this when they wrote the Second Amendment. Remember that terrorists have made deadly bombs out of pressure cookers, (in India in 2006 and at the Boston Marathon in 2013). Terrorists do not need guns. Collecting our guns will not make us safe. The intent of liberals like Horwitz is not to make us safe, rather they want to subjugate us after we are disarmed.

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 12:31 am
    • Jim, I agree with you 100%. I have a CWP and I do carry. Apparently Horwitz has never been a victim. All these do gooders wanting to get rid of gun ownership do not realize that will not keep them out of criminals hands ……..We will all be sitting ducks, not only for the street criminal, but for the government also.

      Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 9:32 am
  • This is a shame. The latest “shooter” whose name I will not repeat was vetted by a security agency, hired by the same and worked to “protect” Federal buildings. He was cleared by them and licenced to buy and carry firearms legally! The 2nd amendment is designed to allow law abiding citizens to purchase and carry firearms to protect ourselves. What happened to the founding fathers vision for our country, to be “one nation under GOD”! The constitution is as was written, it is NOT a living and breathing document!

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 10:27 pm
    • You lost me at God, that part wasn’t added until 1957. Keep god to yourself.

      Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 2:11 am
  • follow the facebook rules no promoting guns and ammunition!

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 9:38 pm
  • Does anyone really know what the meaning of “right to bare arms” meeans, i think everyone should take a history lesson and ready the constitution of the United states and think about it

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 8:05 pm
    • The right to “bare” arms would imply the right to wear a tank top.

      Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 7:37 am
  • Wasn’t Wounded Knee the worst mass shooting. I think there were over 200 killed there.

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 7:26 pm
  • Probably time for like minded conservatives all over the country to boycott facebook and look for alternatives. Hopefully either an unbiased or conservative social media site will arise because of ant-2nd amendment policies. I wish I had the resources I’d start one myself.

    Steve, I’ve purchased from you in the past, but will now make a point to do so more often in lieu of this lunacy.

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 7:22 pm

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 7:07 pm
  • yeah bc we need more gun laws when the ones we have either arent fully enforced or do not work. We constantly see felons getting guns and look at Mexico and their ultra strict laws and their ridiculous high firearm murder rate. Paris had strict laws and how did that turn out? When are people going to wake up and realize its not that we have a firearm problem but we have a broken mental health system and a crazy people problem instead.

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 6:44 pm
  • Steve, don’t let them get you down. We Support You!

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 6:40 pm
  • An adjustable stock and a pistol grip does not constitute an assault weapon! The AR 15 is no more deadly than a Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle which looks like a Ruger 10/22 but accepts AR Magazines and shoots the same caliber .223/5.56! What will be next? The real goal is to eventually disarm America…They are idiots! There are so many AR’s out there that banning the sale is ridiculous.

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 6:39 pm
  • If I remember my history, Wounded Knee in 1890 had approximately 150 Native Americans (Men, Women and Children) were dead. Also another 50 wounded. All this at the hands of the 7th. Cavalry of the U.S Army, let by Major Whitside. So Orlando WAS NOT the worst in U.S. History!

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 6:39 pm
    • Nice to see someone here remembers the first true Americans
      . Remember we stole their land.

      Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 8:49 am
    • what was meant is it is the worst by a single person.

      Thursday, 16 June 2016, 2:28 am
  • Facebook is a private entity that has no legal duty to proved a free speech platform to anyone. Perhaps he should ask for his money back?

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 6:37 pm
  • F Facebook!

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 6:33 pm
  • His page shouldn’t be shut down by scared sheep herded by false media…his page should be shut down for his stores jacked up prices.

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 6:21 pm
  • I still don’t intend to vote for him.

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 6:19 pm

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