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Local Pawn Shop debate for this crazy thing

May 16, 2019

A pawn store in South geographical area has poked fun at Dick’s Sporting Goods using a sign marketing the small business is selling assault rifles as opposed to the major merchant.

The Crossroads Pawn and Sound in Little River, S.C., placed up a sign last week saying, “We sell AR-15’s because we’re not Dick’s.”

The sign was actually a tongue-in-cheek dig towards the sporting goods merchant, which announced in March that it would no longer offer assault-style weapons after the fatal Parkland school shooting. The retailer also proclaimed it would suspend the sales of all firearms to anybody below 21. Following the retailer’s choice to stop attempting to sell the guns, several major gun makers announced they were cutting ties with the business.

The pawn shop added up the sign prior to the fatal school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, WPDE stated. The sign was greeted with repercussion from residents who felt the sign was offensive.

“I believe it’s very offensive,” Ernest Carson of Socastee told WPDE-TV.

However, a couple of citizens felt the sign was comical.

“I love it, it’s funny and gets the point across,” a social mass media customer wrote on Facebook.

Despite the backlash, the small business said it has gained additional business soon after the sign.

“We have a couple of people, you know, who were not in favor of the sign but our favorable feedback genuinely outweighed that negative feedback,” Barbara Davey, the store’s supervisor, told WPDE.

Davey pointed out a few individuals were annoyed with the sign due to the fact the store was located down the route from North Myrtle Beach High School.

“I think they are upset due to the fact we are, you know, in a somewhat close distance to the high school. But in absolutely no way do we advocate or support the tragedies that are going on inside this country,” Davey said.

She continued that the sign was inserted up to support the Second Amendment.

“We intend to be able to help the community keep their families safe, to keep themselves safe, to recommend, you know, accountable firearm ownership,” Davey said.

The store published a declaration on their Facebook page with regards to the sign.