NASCAR rejects some firearm ads, now faces backlash

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NASCAR is facing backlash from gun manufacturers and gun rights organizations after reportedly rejecting certain advertisements from weapons manufacturers.

The racing organization rejected the gun advertisements which had been submitted for its souvenir programs earlier this summer, CNN reported Friday, citing advertising vendor National Event Publications.

The vendor, which was hired to solicit ads for the NASCAR program, sent an email to some gun companies in August telling them that the racing organization rejected the ads that depicted “assault-style rifles/sniper rifles,” according to CNN.

“We just heard from NASCAR on a number of gun related ads and unfortunately, due to a gradual shift in NASCAR’s position on guns, these ads must be edited/changed — especially those that are depicted as assault-style rifles/sniper rifles,” the advertising vendor said in an email to some gun companies in August.

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