Court backs pro-gun ads at Phoenix bus stops

Guns-Save-LivesBy Eugene Scott and Dustin Gardiner, The Arizona Republic |

The Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday struck down Phoenix’s decision forbidding a controversial pro-gun advertisement at city bus stops.

Charles A. Siler, external relations manager at the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix-based conservative think tank, celebrated the ruling as a protection of Arizonans’ First Amendment rights.

“The rules are enforced in haphazard fashion, so that people cannot know which ads will be allowed or censored,” he said. “The court ruled unanimously that the city failed to follow its own rules, given that the ads were designed to encourage viewers to visit a commercial website for firearms training.”

City officials were not immediately available for comment.


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