Comcast tells local stores that it won't run gun commercials

Businesses are told firearms can't be shown

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Ray Reynolds is up in arms after Comcast banned commercials for his downtown Augusta pawnshop.

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Ray Reynolds, the manager at United Loan and Firearms, says Comcast's decision to remove weapons ads is "out-and-out censorship … That's them pushing their political agenda."

Unless he removes weapons from the ads, the cable giant won’t run the commercials for United Loan and Firearms.

Reynolds, who manages the Broad Street store, was notified Thursday that he would be required to remove any reference or image of weapons from his current ad in order to comply with Comcast’s new policy, which was put in place after the company purchased NBCUniversal. The policy adheres to NBC standards.
“What really got me was when they said that we had enough name recognition that we could get by with just saying United Loan,” Reynolds said. “They were going to actually make us eliminate ‘Firearms’ from our name.”

The business’s most recent commercial, a spoof of the reality show Pawn Stars, shows firearms on the rack and inside the counter in less than 25 percent of the video, Reynolds said.

The store also sells nonlethal self-protection devices, jewelry and other items. The ad did not show, nor does the store sell, so-called assault weapons, he said.

Reynolds was told by his Com­cast representative that the move was made after the De­cem­ber shooting at Sandy Hook Ele­mentary School, where 20 children and six adults were killed.

Chris Ellis, the senior director of communications for Comcast Spotlight, which is the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, responded to requests for information with a statement: “Consistent with long standing NBC policies, Comcast Spotlight has decided it will not accept new advertising for firearms or weapons moving forward. This policy aligns us with the guidelines in place at many media organizations.”

Attempts for additional information went unanswered.

The decision is hypocritical, Reynolds said, because Comcast continues to air violent shows and movies.

“The federal government is issuing us a license and says it’s OK for us to sell guns,” Reynolds said. “That’s out-and-out censorship for Comcast to decide. That’s them pushing their political agenda.”

Though Reynolds has advertised with Comcast for several years, he said he’ll now switch entirely to WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone, which acquired Knology in mid-2012. It doesn’t have a policy that prohibits advertising of guns or weapons, said the company’s organizational communications manager, Erica Stull.

Eddie Walden, the owner of Walden’s Outdoors in Martinez, has advertised for several years with Comcast. His family-owned business sells archery equipment, firearms and accessories.

He found out Monday that his commercials also will be pulled if changes aren’t made to eliminate the depiction of weapons.

“I think it’s wrong,” Walden said. “I look at it as a free-speech thing.”

Walden’s Comcast representative has offered to rework the ad at no additional cost, but Walden said he’s still unsure what he’ll do.

“I’ve got to look at the principle of it,” he said. “Do I want to support them if they’re going to be anti what I’m doing?”

The Gun Rack co-owner Steph­anie Scott advertises locally through broadcast television, not Comcast.

“That was a rash decision on their part,” she said. “I think they’re probably losing a lot of customers immediately with that decision.”

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Riverrunner30909
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Riverrunner30909 03/26/13 - 03:14 am
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Gun Ads

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I was thinking about going back to Comcast, but they just helped me decide on Direct, TV with ATT internet.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/26/13 - 04:34 am
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nocnoc- I agree one hundred

nocnoc- I agree one hundred percent-typical liberal PC garbage, it is called hypocrisy!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/26/13 - 05:28 am
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WOW!

WOW!

myfather15
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myfather15 03/26/13 - 05:49 am
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@Bodhisattva

You just don't get it because you uncapable of anything but liberal thought.

We are NOT saying they shouldn't be allowed to withdraw from advertisements with guns. We aren't saying they should be forced to have certain advertisements.

BUT, we are saying WE THE PEOPLE can cause them financial difficulty when they choose to go against the people with their decisions. We are just letting them know how we feel, by not supporting them. Where is this wrong? How does this relate to the AC?

myfather15
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myfather15 03/26/13 - 05:52 am
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@George

Try Dish Network or Directv; I've had directv for 4 or 5 years and I'm very happy with it. VERY few problems if any it's only during VERY strong storms which MIGHT effect the signal but it usually does not last long at all. They've got MUCH better at keeping a signal. My brother has dish network and he feels the same, no problems at all.

csrareader
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csrareader 03/26/13 - 06:06 am
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Unbelievable hypocrites at

Unbelievable hypocrites at Comcast. I suggest our local firearms dealers who are being impacted by this ridiculous policy file a lawsuit against Comcast. I would certainly donate to their legal defense fund.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 03/26/13 - 06:31 am
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Comcast

The only Comcast service I have is internet. Looks like I may be going back to DSL. I went to DirecTV several years ago due to sorry service and rude customer service from Comcast. As my Grandaddy used to say, " Looks like they've gotten too big for their britches!!"

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/26/13 - 06:55 am
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COMCAST DOUBLE STANDARD

THE DOUBLE STANDARD

PORN - OK
2nd Amendment related items - NOT OK

If it wasn't for the requirement to have COMCAST Basic TV Cable stations in order to get Hi-Speed Internet, I would DUMP THEM quicker that Felony and Willy could play a race card against other commissioners.
I sure wished the FCC would seperate Comcast Internet services from their Cable TV services, LIKE the FCC did with AT&T a while back.

ARC rakes in lots of money from the ARC residents in franchise fees. About $5.00 per connection/ bill every month. 200,000 billed connections @ $5.00ea x 12 months = $12,000,000 about year.

YES, ARC has a say about coverage, services, operations and etc. When their license renewal comes up again and if the ARC had any sense, ARC would exercise some authority like other municipalities have done and re-write the license agreements for shorter period and additional full service satellite offices. They made ComcASK more responsive so can ARC.

But, ARC Commissioners even failed to see the light about Internet access, unlike Columbia county which did. Columbia county installed Fiber optics will rake in major $$$ for them, not just franchise fee's.

ARC Commissioners do something?
Not until COMCAST refuses to run a Political Ad for a PRO-GUN candidate, running for RE-Election will it happen.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/26/13 - 07:08 am
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To get past the filters

Do a little PI work yourself.

Surf the Comcast High Channel range and look at the titles.
This what Comcast and YOU allow in you house.

Also see the numerous complaints about COMCAST with Google, Yahoo and Bing.

Also check out:
http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Comcast-cashing-in-on-porn-282337...

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/26/13 - 07:40 am
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Yep, I definitely think

Yep, I definitely think Bodhisattva is Techfan reincarnated.

Bodhisattva, we are not saying Comcast does not have the right to free speech. What we are saying is that a government licensed and permitted virtual monopoly should not be allowed to discriminate against legitimate businesses based on their twisted PC values that apparently think we cannot handle a commercial with a gun in the background while a quarter of their programming is violence, rape, murder, and porn.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/26/13 - 07:55 am
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Dichotomy. Based on the "hit

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Dichotomy. Based on the "hit and run" nature and failure to answer direct questions/back up accusations with facts, I believe you are correct about the reincarnation.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/26/13 - 08:02 am
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Advertising

Who needs advertisers when you can instead gouge your subscribers?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/26/13 - 08:08 am
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Yes, CC, your government has already buried the cable

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for broadband. Hooking up to any service provider should be a snap. The high speed cable is already in the ground. CC taxpayers and any persons paying federal taxes has already paid for this system. But, Knology cannot or will not use the CC buried cables. The Alabama company digging in the same right of way for Knology stated this last summer while working off of Washington Rd in Evans.

We asked. Why are you digging in the same hole where CC taxpayers have already buried a very expensive broadband (audio/video/data) cable. A cable system that our county government said would be leased to service providers, such as Knology. The answer was that the CC System was one of those "shovel ready,easy federal grant, taxpayer money" scams. The practical application was never an issue. Just get the taxpayer money and spend it on something.

historylover
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historylover 03/26/13 - 08:42 am
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reincarnation

It is absolutely amazing how much time some of you must spend on the Chronicle website. Please quit worrying about who a poster may or may not be and stick to the subject. Everyone has an opinion thus the whole purpose of the comment section.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/26/13 - 09:20 am
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I wonder how one can

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I wonder how one can ascertain how much time someone spends on a website without spending time on a website. And the irony is not lost on me of someone going off topic to tell people that they are off topic.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/26/13 - 09:25 am
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Angela

Outstanding....ROTFLMAO

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/26/13 - 09:30 am
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Channel 26

Channel 26 is the local broadcast station that is affiliated with NBC network. I wonder if channel 26 is going to implement the NBC policy and refuse to sell ads depicting firearms?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/26/13 - 09:32 am
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For The First Time Today

I feel embarrassed (actually ashamed) to use my email address....cobaltgeorge@COMCAST.net

JRC2024
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JRC2024 03/26/13 - 10:07 am
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New name could be United Loan

New name could be United Loan and Defense Center. I wonder what they will tell Donnie Thompson who now has another place that is loaded with guns and buys gold and also I believe has some interest in United Loan since it is his cousins who own the store. Think of the 100's of thousands he spends advertising Windsor.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/26/13 - 10:09 am
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How about "United Loan and

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How about "United Loan and Constitutional Freedom Center?" Do you think Comcast would find that offensive?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/26/13 - 10:10 am
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CG....Yahoo and gmail still

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CG....Yahoo and gmail still offer free email addresses!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/26/13 - 10:14 am
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I Agree Angela

but that is as bad as formatting my hard drive and starting over, if you know what I mean.

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Darby 03/26/13 - 11:09 am
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Comcast service has gotten worse....

day by day over the last few months. Could it be that it's because they have become preoccupied with this sort of bilge?

Funny thing is, I told my wife just last night that I was looking for just one more excuse to dump them. Looks like I found it.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/26/13 - 12:09 pm
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@CGee and Angela

I got fed up with Comcast for their lack of service on internet lost connections so I switched to Knology. I too had a Comcast email address and worried about losing that. It wasn't really that traumatic. I established a Gmail account and immediately began using it as my primary account. All you have to do is send an email to all of your contacts and tell them that you are changing. It worked and I don't miss Comcast at all. Also, George you can check on DSL service in your neighborhood and get a dish. I considered it but my phone line wouldn't support it. Several ways to go and if you change I hope many others follow suit!!!!

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twolane 03/26/13 - 12:27 pm
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pathetic

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so comcast just trampled on everything you see as holy but since its the only cable you have you are gonna keep em anyway bahahahahahaha...thats pathetic you cant live without cable that bad...please dont post anything ever again about your love for freedom and the constitution

fireman6
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fireman6 03/26/13 - 12:49 pm
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Communist controled media

When shall the employees of Comcast be issued their brown shirts and their hammer and sickle tie tacks?

Billnews
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Billnews 03/26/13 - 01:19 pm
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Agenda

...this is their "GOING OUT OF BUSINESS" campaign! ..cuttin'em off today!

pwren46
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pwren46 03/26/13 - 01:39 pm
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Free marketers, if true to their principles, should have no

In reference to Comcast being a private company...that is not entirely true. Comcast has a monopoly in most communities and are franchised through the municipalities so private citizens have no other access to cable.

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djnikki1 03/26/13 - 02:39 pm
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YES!

Great job Comcast, finally doing something right!!!!

allhans
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allhans 03/26/13 - 03:27 pm
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I walked out of the Comcast

I walked out of the Comcast office near Riverwatch and went straight to Knology several years ago. I have never regretted that decision. I only hope the new owners are as customer friendly.

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