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Bad Timing For Canyon Lake Gun Ad
A Texas NRA member is upset over a gun ad that was posted in a very public place. The ad - which is for a powerful, semi-automatic assault weapon - was posted outside a grocery store in Canyon Lake, just days after the fatal school shooting in Connecticut.
It was posted on the grocery store's bulletin board. It's for a Ruger Mini 14. There's nothing illegal about posting the ad in public place, but one woman believes the seller lacked "common sense."
Anne-Marie Johnson is a proud, gun-toting Texan. She's been a member of the NRA for the past 20-years. "I believe in the right to carry arms," she says.
But what Johnson couldn't believe was that the ad was posted on a bulletin board outside of a Lowe's market in Canyon Lake just days after 26 people were killed in a Connecticut school shooting.
Johnson took the ad down. But less than a week later, the ad reappeared. Several customers, including Johnson complained to store employees. "I definitely think it's in bad taste," she says.
When we asked, the manager of the store wasn't sure if there was a company policy against displaying gun ads at the store.
Johnson called the seller to see how easy it would be for someone to purchase the weapon. "He said just meet me in the parking lot. No background check, nothing."
In order to purchase a weapon from a private seller in Texas, the person can't be from out of state or under the age of 18. The seller also cannot sell a weapon to a person who, they know intends to use it illegally or is intoxicated.
Johnson understands the law, but believes the seller should've been more selective about where he placed the ad.
By Alex Boyer