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Kentucky Living Magazine denies firearms ad, sparks outrage

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a clash of the first and second amendments: Readers are upset with Kentucky Living Magazine for denying the Kentucky Gun Company an advertisement in its publication.

"They just said that their policy doesn't allow them to advertise firearms or alcohol or so forth," said Kentucky Gun Co. owner Patrick Hayden, who told WDRB he was surprised to learn the magazine doesn't run gun ads.

"We think a magazine that promotes Kentucky living and runs hunting and fishing stories, and also promotes the Kentucky culture in general, would be open to legal firearms advertisement," he said.

The gun company then shared a post on Facebook asking fans to share their opinions and the comments started rolling in.

Hundreds can be found on the Kentucky Living Magazine Facebook page -- some asking the magazine to reconsider its ad policy -- others threatening never to buy the magazine again.

WDRB reached out to Kentucky Living Magazine for its side.

The VP Paul Wesslund sent us a statement saying:

"Kentucky Living has a longstanding advertising policy of not accepting ads promoting the use of alcohol, tobacco, or firearms, as well as not accepting issue/advocacy ads. As a magazine published by Kentucky's electric cooperatives, with the resulting diverse membership, this policy over the decades has served to help focus content for the broad range of readers."

Hayden says his company has decided to respectfully disagree with the magazine's advertising policy and all he can do is hope it changes in the future.

"It's a great magazine. I read the magazine. I get it. I enjoy reading the magazine. It touches a core demographic of customers we'd love to get in touch with and advertise to," said Hayden.

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