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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