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Guns & Ammo Editor Resigns For Running Controversial Pro-Gun Control Op-Ed

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The editor of Guns & Ammo resigned Thursday after publishing a pro-gun control column that infuriated many readers.

Jim Bequette apologized to readers for publishing a piece from contributing editor Dick Metcalf supporting gun regulations in the December issue of the magazine. Metcalf argued in favor of a Illinois state law which requires gun owners to submit to training in order to obtain a concealed-carry permit.

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“The fact is, all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be,” Metcalf wrote.

Bequette fired Metcalf, who wrote the piece for the magazine’s sister publication, Shooting Times.

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Bequette said he had hoped to “generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights” by publishing the piece, but instead the column “aroused unprecedented controversy.”

The backlash from readers resulted in numerous complaints against Metcalf’s column. Many said they would cancel their subscription to the magazine.

Bequette admitted he failed to follow Guns & Ammo’s “unwavering” commitment to the Second Amendment.

“In publishing Metcalf’s column, I was untrue to that tradition, and for that I apologize,” he wrote in a column on Wednesday.

“I made a mistake by publishing the column,” he added. “I thought it would generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights. I miscalculated, pure and simple. I was wrong, and I ask your forgiveness.”

Bequette fired Metcalf, who wrote the piece for the magazine’s sister publication, Shooting Times.

“It takes more than one Elmer Fudd to get a pro-gun control agenda editorial in the pages of a formerly-relevant national firearms industry publication: your apology rings false, and smacks of having been cobbled together as a reaction to an unexpected deluge of negative sentiment,” wrote Trace Simek on the magazine’s Facebook page.

Others defended Bequette and were sorry to see Bequette go.

“It is sad to see that G&A will bend so easily and that their readers are so blind and fail to understand that some regulation is necessary,” Kevin Smith wrote.

Eric R. Poole, who ran Guns & Ammo's special interest publications, is expected to take over Bequette’s role immediately.

Sources: CNN, New York Daily News