DC Travel Group Says No To NRA Advertisements Depicting Guns

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A Washington D.C.-based travel guide will no longer allow the National Rifle Association (NRA) to run ads that depict guns or ammunition in their guides.

Destination D.C. has told the NRA that they will no longer runs ads in their guide that show either guns or ammunition in response to the recent Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, even though NRA has been running those types of ads since 2012, according to a recent Washington Free Beacon article.

“We are constantly evaluating how best to promote Washington, D.C., for visitors and have decided not to include images that can be considered controversial, which includes the confederate flag and weapons,” Destination D.C. told The Washington Free Beacon. “We certainly recognize that the museum is a place to learn about American history and we are willing to promote the museum without weapons imagery in our publications.”

“While we respect the company’s right to decide what ads they do and do not wish to run in their publication, we feel this decision is an overreaction,” media relations manager for the NRA, Jason Brown, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in regards to Destination D.C.’s Orlando narrative.

The recent ads denied by Destination D.C. did not depict AR-15’s or other “assault” weapons used in recent shootings, rather they depicted Civil War-era muskets, one from The Mayflower and another used by famed French military General Napoleon Bonaparte.

In response to the notion that the NRA is promoting guns, Brown told TheDCNF the NRA “does not promote weapons to anyone, the museum serves as a foremost institution of education and history.”

“In an effort not to offend potential readers, Destination DC officials have disenfranchised one of the most incredible historic resources and attractions in the country,” Brown continued. “Allowing fear to come between American heritage, history and education.”

Destination D.C. did not respond to TheDCNF’s requests for comment.

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