Phoenix Censors “Gun Safety for Kids” – 50 Pro Gun Billboard Ads Removed

Phoenix Censors “Gun Safety for Kids” – 50 Pro Gun Billboard Ads Removed

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Firearms industry message torn down and billboard Ads Removed Without Notice.

Scottsdale, AZ –-( The city of Phoenix, in an apparently arbitrary move and without formal legal process, has forced CBS Outdoors to tear down 50 illuminated bus-shelter billboards under contract to promote gun safety training for children and their parents.

The posters were placed by, a commercial joint-educational effort of the firearms industry in Arizona, and had been up all over the Phoenix metro area for a little over one week before the city acted.

“The Phoenix attorney's office claimed these were public service announcements, and those are banned,” said Alan Korwin, manager of the TrainMeAZ campaign and the Publisher at Bloomfield Press, a sponsor of the program.

“It's a bogus excuse — and they know full well we're an LLC and not a non-profit. The commercial sponsors, shooting ranges and trainers on the website expect to attract customers. The ads are aimed at parents, so they can teach gun safety and the values of marksmanship to their kids,” he said.

“We're promoting a culture of marksmanship, where everyone learns to shoot and understands gun safety.”

Assistant Phoenix city attorney Ted Mariscal claimed in a conference call with Mr. Korwin and CBS Outdoor that the billboards weren't commercial enough, the message was too vague, and then demanded the message be changed to his satisfaction.

When pressed for a definition of what is either sufficiently commercial or what defines a public service ad, he declined to respond, referring instead to a 12-year-old 9th Circuit court case concerning a religious group (Children of the Rosary) and abortion ads. CBS is designing new art to please the city, but without guidelines of what's acceptable, there's no way to predict the result, and the TrainMeAZ campaign isn't exactly keen on this approach.

Mariscal offered to provide the case he says matters, and the lease agreement he says allows the city to remove the ads. The case is now under review. No lease agreement has been provided, and the city apparently has no definitions in place, apparently leaving Mr. Mariscal to act on his own unfettered accord. Nothing in the city's advertising guidelines, provided by Mr. Mariscal, appear to justify the censored ads.

In the meanwhile, TrainMeAZ is losing more than 800,000 impressions per day it had been receiving through this Phase One of the campaign. A bulletin billboard with a similar message and goal remains up on Interstate 17, through another company. It gets about 135,000 eyes driving by daily (facing southbound traffic near Peoria exit). Several outdoor advertisers have contacted TrainMeAZ in an effort to pick up the lost business for themselves. CBS has offered a slate of city billboards to replace the messages the city has banned.

“Mariscal has offered to approve some other advertisements to replace the ones we designed at great expense and want,” Korwin said.

“We'll be reasonable and look, but we don't exactly want the city of Phoenix writing our advertisements for us. If anything is absolutely an affront to free speech and the First Amendment, there it is on a platter. Who do these people think they are?”

Government should stay out of the way of businesses trying to make it in these tough economic times, or in any times. Instead, government has become one of the biggest obstacles we face, Korwin noted. It's bad enough Phoenix has attacked our free speech, but now they're messing with our Second Amendment rights, and right before an election too. People who support this ought to be removed from office and punished for such malfeasance.

Legislators aware of the problem have expressed outrage at the censorship effort by the city, and are preparing a plan of action. More news will follow soon.

The program is an outgrowth of the Constitutional Carry law, effective in July this year, that frees all law abiding adults in Arizona to discreetly carry firearms. With the audience expanding from 2% of the public willing to apply and pay for a government permission slip to carry, to 50% of the public that possesses firearms, private industry figured this 25-fold increase in potential market was worth attracting.

Mr. Korwin will be at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show this weekend at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, where he will autograph books and answer questions.

Click “Billboards” here to see the message banned by city of Phoenix.

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  • Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association
  • Caswells
  • Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
  • Front Sight
  • Gunsite
  • Second Amendment Sisters
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  • 6 thoughts on “Phoenix Censors “Gun Safety for Kids” – 50 Pro Gun Billboard Ads Removed

    1. Firearms safety used to be taught in the public schools until the liberal people who are afraid of guns took over and imposed gun free zones at schools, and no more firearms classes till college..nor rifle teams and matches.

      In the old days, kids took rifles to school if they were hunting that afternoon, or were on the shooting team.

      Even a banana silhouette that looks like any firearms will get a kid expelled now a days.

    2. Aren’t we just about tired of Phoenix setting the pace for all the rest of the valley … quite frankly I think gun safety should be taught in schools from 4th grade up … if not sooner …

    3. Sue them for the loss of potential revenue, etc. too!

      It’s obviously a commercial advertisement to get folks to visit and sign up for firearm safety classes which, I’m sure, are not free.

      This scumbag ADA needs his ass kicked. In court too!

      18USC Section 241 and 241??????????????

    4. The assistant city attorney and his boss should be drug from their offices by citizens of Phoenix and tarred and feathered on the lawn of the City’s Municipal building or other appropriate place.

      Maybe even a blanket party should be instituted.

      The Advertiser should NOT have complied with their demand in the first place but instead told them to f%&k off.

    5. I’m not surprised. And pro gun ‘places’ (or locations) are not any different than other places where most people (usually hoplophobes) oppose gun possession, they have their share of antigun nazis.

      Gun control, by any means, is both illegal and immoral.

      The 2nd amendment prohibits govt from regulating guns (in any fashion, form, degree or type).

      Gun control is immoral because it creates unarmed victims of crime. Politicians and lawyers who support any form of gun control are Nazis.

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