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Billboard Features Santa With AR-15 Assault Rifle (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A billboard featuring Santa Claus holding an AR-15 rifle recently went up in Butte County, California.

The ad sits on Highway 99 to promote the Down Range Indoor Training Center.

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The billboard states, "We build AR’s for Santa.”

“And you know, ’tis the season, so we thought it would be a good idea,” Steve Dyke, gun range co-owner, told CBS Sacramento (video below).

“Obviously, Santa Claus is kinda synonymous with Christmas,” added Dyke. “We actually thought, you know, we kinda got a kick out of it, thought it would be good and thought other people would think it was funny.”

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Customer Bob Marshall stated, "That’s a First Amendment right, err, Second Amendment right, excuse me, and I believe in it fully."

However, a teacher told CBS Sacramento, "Yeah, He looks evil (laughs). That’s kinda scary. Like, as a teacher, I would not want my students to see that. I don’t think you need to put out that as Santa has a gun.”

According to WIAT, a billboard warning people not to drink and drive has sprung up in South Dakota (video below).

That billboard features "Randy The Party Santa."

Sources: WIAT, CBS Sacramento
Image Credit: CBS Sacramento Screenshot