‘Black Rifles Matter’ sign draws complaints from tourists in Maine town
A Maine town’s tourism sector has come under fire after some visitors have been complaining about a large, hand-painted sign on a private lawn that reads “Black Rifles Matter.”
Linc Sample, the sign’s creator, told NECN on Monday that his work in Boothbay Harbor is about gun rights, not race. He was inspired to post the sign after reading an ad in the local paper that supported a ban on assault weapons.
“That’s really a trigger for me — the assault weapons ban,” Sample told NECN.
Sample said he used “Black Rifles Matter” – a plan on “Black Lives Matter” – to make an impact. He said if anything, the Black Lives Matter movement should be “flattered” he used the phrase.
Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce Director Rick Prose said that they’ve received a few complaints from visitors.
“Some of these people have cut their vacation short and left early,” Town Manager Thomas Woodin said.
Boothbay Harbor officials said Sample has the proper permitting and is exercising his First Amendment rights, despite some calling for the sign’s removal.
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