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Gun shop owner taking flak over anti-Obama signs

One of the anti-Obama signs posted by Cope Reynolds is shown. (Facebook photo)

PINETOP, Ariz. -- A Pinetop, Ariz. gun shop owner is catching a lot of heat over an anti-Obama sign in his shop window.

The sign in a Pinetop window reads "If you voted for Barack Obama, your business is not welcome at Southwest Shooting Authority. You have proven you're not responsible enough to own a firearm."

Cope Reynolds, who owns the shop in question, Southwest Shooting Authority, said he's being flooded with calls over the sign and about one-third are extremely hateful.

"Seems like anybody against it isn't intelligent or articulate enough to make a response without foul language," he said.

Reynolds said this is a political statement and it's not just about fears of gun control and it's not about marketing.

"There's frivolous spending, lack of accountability with Operation Fast and Furious, the Benghazi fiasco and numerous other things," he said, citing the reasons he is against Obama.

And it hasn't happened yet, but if an Obama supporter shows up and wants to spend money in his shop, they'll be sent elsewhere.

"We'll turn 'em down," said Reynolds.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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