Tactical Firearms in Katy, Texas, is known locally for sparking intense debate, Houston's KTRK reported Sunday. According to KTRK, the store's current marquee reads: "'I like my guns like Obama likes his voters. Undocumented."
"Political statement, yes. Freedom of speech? Yeah," Katy resident Jason Wilfon told KTRK. "Some people might not like it, some will."
Owner Jeremy Alcede didn't talk to KTRK on camera, but gave a short statement to the station: "Thank God for our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights. It's meant as a joke. It's meant to be funny."
According to radio station KTRH, "some" believe the message goes too far. An unscientific poll at the station's website, however, indicates that those who don't like the message are a tiny minority. Only six percent said the sign goes too far. The station claimed on its Facebook page the sign is "catching heat," but the vast majority of comments supported the message.
Both KTRH and KTRK said the store and its owner gained national attention last year when CNN's Piers Morgan brought his program to the store to debate gun control with rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent. During the program, KTRH reported at the time, a protest formed outside the shop, led by radio talk show host Alex Jones. A month prior to that protest, Daily Beast sports writer Buzz Bissinger suggested the only reason one would need a semi-automatic rifle would be to shoot Jones, a suggestion Morgan did not condemn.
“I don’t care what the justification is that you’re allowed in this country to own a semi-automatic weapon – much less a handgun. But what do you need a semi-automatic weapon for? The only reason I think you’d need it is, Piers, challenge Alex Jones to a boxing match, show up with a semi-automatic that you got legally and pop him,” Bissinger said.
“I’d love to see that," said Huffington Post's Abby Huntsman. "In uniform," she added, laughing.
“I’ll borrow my brother's uniform,” Morgan said.
The sign, KTRK said, changes every Wednesday, and some residents drive by just to read it. The signs are also a team effort, and employees are already brainstorming a new message, KTRH added.