Gun billboard removed from South Carolina airport concourse

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Posted: Jul 09, 2016 4:56 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A billboard-sized advertisement for a gun manufacturer that said "yeah, we carry" has been removed from the concourse of a South Carolina airport.

The State newspaper reports Saturday (http://bit.ly/29tGnK6 ) that the Columbia Metropolitan Airport's governing commission decided to take it down after receiving complaints.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said the ad featuring eight different guns made by firearms manufacturer FN America is "the wrong ad in the wrong place at the wrong time." A different billboard and a video at the escalators promoting FN America will remain.

Benjamin called FN a "good company," noting the Columbia manufacturer has supplied firearms to Columbia police.

An airport employee told the newspaper the ad was intended for Fort Jackson soldiers. Nearly 20 percent of the airport's travelers are in the military.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com