SF Transit OKs Second Amendment Foundation Ads With Guns


Images promoting guns, which have been banned under an advertising policy of the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency, showed up recently on posters for a conference for the Bellevue, Wa.-based Second Amendment Foundation after the Supreme Court issued its second gun-rights ruling, the New York Times reports. The group spent $10,000 to have the posters, which feature a woman armed with a shotgun, hung at bus stops across the city. The red type reads, “A violent criminal is breaking through your front door. Can you afford to be unarmed?”

The group printed the posters after learning that movie posters for the film “The Other Guys,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, had been altered to comply with the transit agency's policy. At box offices, on billboards and in bus stops across the country, the movie's poster depicted the actors with guns in each hand. On posters in San Francisco, the guns were replaced with more innocuous pepper spray canisters, police badges, and bare hands. Paul Rose, a spokesman for the city transportation agency, said the city decided to take another look at its policy. He said: “At this point we're not taking any action to remove the ads. We are currently reviewing our advertising policy in light of the recent Supreme Court decision, which may have altered the legal landscape regarding firearm advertising.”

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