“Black Rifles Matter” Sign in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Draws Criticism


A pro-gun protest sign that stole a slogan from a civil rights activist group is drawing complaints from tourists visiting the tiny Maine town.

Linc Sample proudly erected a “Black Rifles Matter” sign on his property in Boothbay Harbor to speak out against calls to ban assault rifles.

The riff on the Black Lives Matter movement — which protests police brutality, and especially police shootings, against black people — was deliberate, he told NENC.

“They’re being targeted because of their appearance, fair enough. So is my rifle,” he said. “If anything, they should be flattered I used the phrase.”

He added that the sign is strictly a message about gun rights. He’s not protesting the Black Lives Matter movement, he said.

But the homemade sign is rubbing some people the wrong way — especially tourists visiting the summer yachting town. The city’s Chamber of Commerce said it has received multiple calls from concerned out-of-towners.

“Some of these people have cut their vacation short and left early,” said Town Manager Thomas Woodin.

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