A South Carolina pawn shop has taken to making fun of Dick's Sporting Goods after their decision to stop selling AR-15s in their stores after the mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
What did the store do?
According to WJZY-TV, Cross Roads Pawn & Audio put up a fairly controversial store sign last week.
The sign reads, "We sell AR-15s because we're not Dick's."
Pawnbroker Brad Stamper told the outlet, "It wasn't nothing negative or trying to promote violence or anything."
The sign has stirred up controversy since it's been hung.
Barbara Davey, the store's manager, told WPDE-TV, "We have a few people, you know, who weren't in favor of the sign but our positive feedback really outweighed that negative feedback."
Davey also called the sign a "simple marketing idea."
The pawn shop also shared a Monday update on their Facebook page acknowledging the strong reactions that the sign has elicited and defending AR-15s at large.
The post read, "We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their support. But with the tremendous outpouring of positive reinforcement comes those who don’t have the same views."
"We respect everyone's personal opinion," the update continued. "We would also like to clear up any confusion. An AR-15 is NOT a combat weapon or a tactical assault rifle. And in no way are the horrific massacres happening to our children and in our schools acceptable. This violence must stop."
"But it's not the guns killing innocent Americans," the update added. "We will continue to take strides to reinforce and advocate for responsible gun ownership. We will also continue to be proud supporters and members of the NRA — National Rifle Association of America."
"Once again, from our Family; we thank you all," the posting concluded.