When it came time for a Florida gun store to advertise its "Winter Wonderland" class on building your very own AR-15s for $895, the outfit had an idea: Plop an image of Will Ferrell's iconic character from his hit movie "Elf" right in the middle of the ad — and of course parlay one of Ferrell's hilarious Elf-isms. That phrase? "Son a Nutcracker That's a Good Deal!!!"
But Ferrell and Hollywood suits weren't laughing.
Ferrell's views on guns are no secret; he appeared along with other celebrities in a 2012 video called "Demand a Plan" urging gun control. And as you might expect, Family Firearms received a cease-and-desist order over the ad from lawyers representing the movie's production company, TMZ reported.
With that the Valrico store removed Ferrell's "Elf" image from the ad and instead employed a new character: just your plain ol' everyday elf.
But Family Firearms didn't delete Ferrell's "Son of a Nutcracker" exclamation:
Image source: Family Firearms website
TheBlaze on Thursday reached out to Family Firearms regarding the ad but a representative had no comment other than they complied with the order.
Either way, do you think we'd leave you without this brief blast from the past?
This story has been updated.