Gun ads shot down in Madison

By: Editorial Staff

The two daily newspapers in Madison, Wis., will no longer accept gun advertisements unless the seller is a licensed gun dealer, according to The Associated Press.
The new policy set by Madison Newspapers Inc., which publishes The Capital Times and the Wisconsin State Journal, is the result of staff concerns over a recent rash of gun violence, says Phil Stoddard, the company’s customer-service director.
“We just felt it was in the best interests of our customers and readers that these types of gun sales not be advertised,” Stoddard says. Concerns were heightened after the papers’ classified ad sections sold ad space for rifles soon after the April 20 Colorado high-school shooting.
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