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Obama-Voter Ban at Gun Store Is Kind of Like a Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy

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Attention Obama voters: we have found a way for you to get into the Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop, despite the store saying you're no longer welcome there if you voted for President Obama last week.

Owner Cope Reynolds tells New Times they can't really tell if someone voted for Obama unless they "own up to it."

See also:
-Obama Voters No Longer Allowed at Pinetop Gun Store -- "Effective Immediately"

We'd theorized that maybe the folks at the store might recognize the guy who pulled up to the store in his Toyota Prius -- wearing the tie-dye shirt, with a doobie tucked behind his ear -- might be the Obama voter.

However, Reynolds sent us the following e-mail explaining the situation:

Obviously, this is nothing more than a political statement. Of course, it would be impossible to enforce. If they don't say anything, we'll never know. They could purchase whatever they wanted, and they would probably get a big kick out of thinking that they are rubbing it in our face as they walk out the door. Some folks are easily amused that way.

However, if they own up to it, we will not serve them. This goes way beyond gun control, which many think is why we did this. I should have as much right to post a sign on my door as those that post "No Guns" on their doors.

Cope Reynolds

Below, see the sign posted on the front door -- "to save you the trouble of walking all the way in here" -- followed by the full newspaper ad from Southwest Shooting Authority, in case you didn't see them earlier today:

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