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“Black Rifles Matter” sign triggers outrage

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine - A proposed ban on assault-style weapons in a tourist town in Maine prompted a resident to paint and post a large sign which reads "Black Rifles Matter."

Licensed firearms dealer Linc Sample says his sign is all about gun rights, has nothing to do with race, and is simply a play-on-words with the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

"If anything, they should be flattered I used the phrase," said Sample.

However, many touristsĀ are outraged and complaining to city officials.

"Some of these people have cut their vacation short and left early," said Town Manager Thomas Woodin.

Tourist Paul Mayor from Connecticut tells NECN News, "People are ignorant. They shouldn't be putting things out like that. It's taking a shot, obviously, at Black Lives Matter," Mayor said.

However, other tourists against weapons bansĀ agree with the sign's message.

Sample has all of the permits needed to display his sign, and because it's posted on his private property, city leaders say he can exercise his First Amendment rights as long as he chooses.