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No Problem with Signs Displaying Guns in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash - Some people say the new banners in downtown Yakima look like pictures of rifles.  Now it looks like they will be taken down.  But how about businesses that use guns as displays, what do people think about those?

Bonnie and Clyde's Muffler Service, on First Street and Nob Hill Boulevard, displays a handgun on their sign.  The owner says he hears nothing but good things about his sign.

"The only comments I've ever had on the sign are that it is a great trademark, a great landmark, they have known that sign since they were kids.   And the only compliments I ever had were don't take it away," says Randy Kime.

There is also another sign that displays a gun in Yakima.  The Sportscenter Restaurant, but nobody has a problem with it.

"They've had that particular sign up there since the 40's and 50's and if they want a gun up there let them have it, this is America.   I'm sure a gun up there isn't going to harm anybody," says Kenneth Haugland, a Yakima resident.

"These banners are supposed to represent the city, so that is separate from a private business," explains Kristin Lopez, a Yakima resident.

Staff with the Committee for Downtown Yakima would agree.

"We want to find the best way to present an image that really represents who we [Yakima] are and I think the "gun" banners failed a little bit."