Pleasant Radio Surprise – Gun Sales Advertising Is Accepted

Pleasant Radio Surprise - Gun Sales Advertising Is Accepted
Pleasant Radio Surprise – Gun Sales Advertising Is Accepted

Arizona -( -One format of radio show that is common around the nation is classifieds, the garage sale, yard sale, trash and treasure, or other nomenclature used to describe similar shows. The shows have callers offer items for sale, along with a telephone number for contact.

In deep blue, Madison, Wisconsin, I was listening to the local conservative talk radio station. I was pleased to see the show accepted individual callers who had guns for sale.

A local radio station in Yuma has a similar show. But firearms are specifically excluded from the items that are allowed to be advertised for sale on the show, as are automobiles. Maybe it is because Yuma is on the border with Mexico and California. At least one station owner in Yuma is politically left of center.

At the Madison station, in the first few minutes of the show, there were callers with a Mossberg .410 shotgun, a Ruger Standard model .22 pistol, two black powder rifles, an 870 pump shotgun, .22-250 and a .220 Swift varmint rifles (model not mentioned), and a .300 ultramag Remington 700.

That's a pretty good cross section of firearms for a few minutes of show.

Since at least 1934, those pushing for a disarmed population have been attempting to demonize and make illegitimate, private sales of firearms.

The path is pretty clear. Make private sales illegal and difficult. Then require registration of all guns. After that, make possession of any non-registered gun a felony.

One of their schemes has been to remove venues for people to advertise private firearms for sale. There was a push to have newspapers refuse to advertise firearms. Some papers have done so, but print papers are hard pressed for any revenue.

Attempts to ban private firearms from Internet sales have backfired significantly. Instead of providing extra revenue to ebay, amazon, or craigslist, firearm specific sites such as armslist, auctionarms, gunbroker and gunsamerica have found successful niches.

The city of Madison banned the sale of handguns within the city for a couple of decades. Gun shops moved out of the city. Private purchasers, if risk averse, drove to the city boundary to transfer the firearm.

All was changed with a strong preemption law passed by the Wisconsin Legislature. The Madison ban on gun sales became illegitimate in 1995.

Gun advertisements on various media are a measure of how much the gun culture is winning the culture war. Advertisements for guns were common and culturally accepted in the 1960's. Ads for guns in non-gun magazines were common.

In the 1970's through the 1990's, gun advertisements in mainstream media sources were rare. By 2000, in my recollection, gun culture advertisement began to pick up, primarily for concealed carry courses and shooting ranges.

Now, I commonly see billboards with firearms advertisements.

I routinely hear advertisements for gun shows, gun shops, gun instruction, and guns on the radio. They are easily found on the Internet, which is becoming more mainstream than television.

Comments, from readers about gun advertisements they have noticed, and whether they are increasing, would be enlightening.

Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained.

He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 6 thoughts on “Pleasant Radio Surprise – Gun Sales Advertising Is Accepted

    1. I don’t bother to listen to radio, certainly not the TeeVee set, and only read the local fishwrap when I’m someplace a copy happens to be laying there and I have some time to waste.. a rare conversion of planets.

      But I do think there has been a recent softening of the rabid guns-are-the-root-of-all-evil meme. When those silly bought -off kids that “survived” the Parlkand shoting (even of he was four miles away when it happened.. in that case, so did I “survive” it) started their “tours” and got all the media adoration, I wondered if maybe a corner was not turned that time. But where are they now? Haven’t heard a peep for near a month. Seems their tidal wave has receded and gone back out to see, having done little if any real damage. Funny how the guy who used a scattergun sparked more noise to ban AR type Black and Ugly rifles, and of course those evil nasty “bump stocks”.

      It does seem the pressure is easing again…. that most folks are pretty comfortable with the idea that guns are here to stay, and won’t be outlawed any time soon.

      1. @Tio, The enemies of the Second Amendment control over government are quietly planning how to be more efficient next time there is a shooting. Notice how nothing has been done to protect school children, even though many qualified persons have volunteered to work for free? Don’t be surprised if that next shooting is around election time.

    2. It’s about time the mainstream media woke up to the fact that guns don’t kill people. I is the damned fool holding it that kills.

    3. That 1934 date reminds me of Hitler, gun conconfiscation, and all that went on surrounding that. Be carefull those that want to get gins out of the populous.

      1. Yeah, they tried banning gin (and other alcoholoc beverages) wome time back… even made it a constitutinal ammendment they did. But it worked so well that time they had to make another constitutonal ammendment repealing the earlier one.

        Trying to ban GUNS will work just about as well….. during the time gin was prohibited, a huge industry sprang up making, transporting, supplying, the contraband stuff. Millions of dollars were made, and wasted by government in their desparate but doomed attempt to make gin disappear from within our borders. Thousands of folks went to prison and/or paid huge fines, had their property confiscated, over the manufacture, possession, tramsport, and/or sale of a bottle of gin. Gang corruption held entire cities in their control, bootleggers and revenooers got into shootouts, people died all because some political hooh hahs decided someone else should never touch a drop of gin.

        The eedjits haven’t yet figured out that they will have just about as much success trying to ban GUNS.
        And booze was never even named in the Constitution as a right, the possession and use of which we are guaranteed by the Constitition.

        I know, your finger meant to hit the “U” key and instead got its next door neighbour. but I HAD to take it down the road a bit…… heh heh heh

      2. during Probation the FBI AND ATF were created.

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