As others pull back, Vegas amps up gun promotions

2013-02-14T16:05:00Z 2013-02-14T16:07:44Z As others pull back, Vegas amps up gun promotionsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 14, 2013 4:05 pm  • 

LAS VEGAS — One Las Vegas shooting range is selling “take a shot at love” packages that include 50 submachine gun rounds. Another is offering wedding packages in which the bride and groom can pose with Uzis and ammunition belts. And a third invites lovebirds to renew their vows and shoot a paper cutout zombie in the face.

Never known for its understatement or good taste, Sin City is bucking the national trend of avoiding flippant gun promotions after the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting. Instead, it is embracing tourists’ newfound interest in big guns the only way it knows how: by going all in.

The newest crop of outlandish Valentine’s Day offers is no exception.

Capitalizing on the state’s relaxed gun laws, shooting ranges offer an armory of military-grade weapons that aren’t accessible in other states. And because this is Las Vegas, the ranges also allow customers to destroy photographs of exes, make souvenir T-shirts full of holes and shoot fully-automatic weapons in barely-there bachelor party man-kinis.

Some gun-control advocates say the promotions trivialize the dangers of high-powered weapons.

Read more in Friday’s Arizona Daily Star or StarNet.

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