Guns & Ammo magazine is catching extreme heat from gun owners for daring to publish an article that supports basic gun regulation.
The December issue of the magazine includes an editorial by Dick Metcalf, entitled "Let's Talk Limits," which was posted by TheTruthAboutGuns.com.
Metcalf never called for banning guns, but rather advocated the regulation of firearms, notes Ad Age.
Metcalf wrote in part:
Way too many gun owners still seem to believe that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement The fact is, all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be.
I’ve seen too many examples of unsafe behavior on too many shooting ranges to believe otherwise. And we’ve all read too many accounts of legally armed individuals dealing with the consequences of not being properly trained or prepared when confronted with a bad situation.
Guns & Ammo’s Facebook page was full of angry commenters, who didn't seem to like Metcalf's First Amendment rights:
"I will not buy another copy. Enough said."
"I'll be boycotting anyone who continues to advertise in the Guns and Ammo magazine."
Guns & Ammo released a statement on TheBangSwitch.com to apologize and announce a new editor.
Guns & Ammo editor Jim Bequette wrote: "I owe each and every reader an apology.... [Metcalf's] views do not represent mine - and most importantly Guns & Ammo."
"I made a mistake by publishing the column. I thought it would generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights. I miscalculated pure and simple. I was wrong, and ask your forgiveness."
"Plans were in place for a new editor to take the reins of Guns & Ammo Jan. 1. These recent events have convinced me I should advance that schedule immediately."
In contrast, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence praised the editorial on Facebook.