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Gun-Toting Santa Billboard in Northern California Draws Controversy

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Gun-Toting Santa Billboard in Northern California Draws Controversy

A billboard showing Santa Claus carrying an automatic rifle is drawing some controversy in northern California.

The billboard, put up on the outskirts of Chico, portrays Santa brandishing an assault-style rifle next to the slogan “You Never Know Who’s Coming Down Your Chimney.”

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The sign, an ad for a gun range that assembles such weapons for sale, has drawn mixed reactions from local residents, reported The Washington Times.

The holiday ad comes as President Barack Obama calls for further gun control measures after last week’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., that left 14 dead.

The gun range owners told reporters they didn’t intend to make the ad offensive. “Some people give guns as Christmas presents, and we just want to provide a ‘fun and safe place’ to learn how to use guns,” they said.

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