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April 03, 2015

Ad Giant Removes Donated Gun-Control Signs Amid NRA Protest

The advertising firm Clear Channel Outdoor took down billboards in Massachusetts supporting state gun-control laws Thursday, saying its donation of ad space to the advocacy group Stop Handgun Violence had been “misconstrued as a political position,” The Boston Globe writes. The signs prompted an online protest by the Gun Owners’ Action League, the Massachusetts chapter of the National Rifle Association, which demanded that Clear Channel drop the billboards or give equal time to gun-rights messages.

Clear Channel had donated 25 billboards for the Stop Handgun Violence signs, which featured an assault rifle with a white flag in the barrel and the message “Massachusetts Gun Laws Save Lives.” A company spokesman, David Grabert, said Clear Channel received “a number of messages expressing concern” about the billboards, and the San Antonio-based company decided to remove them because they had “become politicized.”