NC gun store’s political message becomes talker across state

JAMESVILLE, N.C. – A Martin County business owner’s explicit political message has become a big talker across the state.

The owner of Mackey’s Landing Firearms on U.S. Highway 64 posted on his business’ electronic billboard, “Life’s a b****! Let’s not elect one! Republican, because not everyone can be on welfare.”

Melanie Harris drives a bus full of Jamesville Elementary School students past the sign and believes it’s inappropriate for young children.

“It was just very shocking to see it,” Harris said. “Love your guns. Love your message. Probably wouldn’t choose that vocabulary.”

Betty Owens lives across the street from the sign and thinks it could be a good lesson for parents with kids who drive past the store.

“To not use [the expletive],” Owens said. “That’d be a good teaching that they could use.”

A store manager said the owner who put up the message won’t be back until late Wednesday or Thursday.

Neither the manager nor any other employees would talk on-camera.

WNCT 9 On Your Side plans to follow up with the owner to get his thoughts on his neighbors’ concerns.

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