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Cope Reynolds, the owner of Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop, Ariz., told the Arizona Republic that "business is booming" following his public displays of protest.
Reynolds also took out a full page ad in the White Mountain Independent which read, "If you voted for Barack Obama, your business is NOT WELCOME at Southwest Shooting Authority.
Cope Reynolds, owner of Arizona gun shop Southwest Shooting Authority, has a history of using his business to push liberal buttons.
This message appeared on his shop's marquee a few years ago.
Cope Reynolds, owner of Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop, AZ gained press after the election by barring those who voted for Obama from his store.
"If you voted for Barack Obama your business is not welcome...You have proven that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm," read the store's policy in a newspaper advertisement - as well as on a sign posted on the store's front door. "I'm a small business owner," he said. "If you are dumb enough to vote for Obama again - after four years of this - I don't think you are responsible enough to own a firearm. I don't care who it makes mad." Reynolds said they've been deluged with telephone calls from supportive callers - some from as far away as New York and New Jersey.
One week later, Cope Reynolds is cashing in on the attention.
Mr. Reynolds, owner of Southwest Shooting Authority says "business is booming" after his sign and newspaper ad caught the attention of various media outlets. The sign read: "If you voted for Barack Obama, your business is not welcome at Southwest Shooting Authority. You have proven you're not responsible enough to own a firearm." Reynolds says he has been inundated with hundreds of calls and emails from media types and supporters. When asked about business, he replied, "I've been busier than a cat covering up poop on a marble floor." The Arizona Republic spoke with Mr. Reynolds about his sign and the effect it's had on his business: "People are saying that I've alienated half of our customers," Reynolds said, laughing. Talking Points Memo asked Mr. Reynolds how he will prevent Obama supporters from entering the store and purchasing merchandise. He said he will not be conducting a litmus test to determine the customer's political views but that he is considering giving discounts to registered Republicans and Libertarians. Seventy-Five percent of the calls he is getting are positive, Reynolds says. "You can always tell the ones that are not -- 9 out of 10 of them start out with vile and nasty language. And I guess they don't have the intelligence to carry on a conversation like an adult. Reynolds also revealed that he has been receiving death threats saying, "Just comes with the territory I guess." Mr. Reynolds admits that there haven't been any serious attempts by the Obama administration to change America's gun laws, but he suspects that is coming now that the president has been reelected.
A week after Cope Reynolds, the owner of Arizona's Southwest Shooting Authority, took out an ad in the local paper and posted a sign at his store banning Obama supporters from entering, Cope says that business is booming due to the attention his business has received from his anti-Obama promotion.
Mr. Reynolds says he has had hundreds of calls and emails from news organizations and supporters as well as the occasional fire breathing liberal - and yes, even the rare death threat - but that the proof of his genius business promotion can be found in his cash register.