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You Can’t Put Your ‘Gun Show Down The Block’ Messages on Texas Highway Signs Anymore

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You’re driving down the highway, looking for a gun show. This Saturday. Thousands of guns. Buy, BUY, BUY! The only problem: you don’t know where it is. Time was, you might look up at one of those flashing signs usually reserved for accidents or amber alerts and you’d see a message that read something like “Guns N Ammo Show, exit 12” or “For parking lot full of responsible gun owners, USE STEMMONS FREEWAY.” Now, that’s a thing of the past. According to the Chronicle:

Texas Department of Transportation officials in Houston are suspending the use of freeway message signs for firearms-related events, citing concerns about their use days after the Newtown. Conn., school shooting.

“We had several people say ‘Hey, this is bad timing,'” said Stuart Corder, director of transportation operations for TxDOT’s Houston district. “We understand there is a wide a range of opinions and we’ve got to be sensitive to people’s concerns.”

It’s unclear whether the signs – which will still be used for other event-related traffic – will ever host directions for firearms-related events again.

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