VETERAN guns writer Dick Metcalf was fired from his contributing editor role at Guns & Ammo magazine after he wrote a column suggesting some regulations on gun ownership were both sensible and inevitable.
The column provoked an outcry among the publication's pro-gun readership, yet Mr Metcalf now says it was the intervention of two "major" firearms manufacturers that sealed his fate.
In his regular column for the Florida-based magazine's December 2013 issue, Mr Metcalf suggested, "Way too many gun owners still seem to believe that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement. The fact is, all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be."
Guns & Ammo editor Jim Bequette later wrote that the article was intended to "generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights."
Instead, gun rights activists took to the internet in their thousands to voice near-unanimous displeasure, and to threaten a boycott of the magazine and its advertisers.
Gun control groups also seized upon the article, which the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence posted on Facebook with the caption: "the editor (sic) of Guns & Ammo makes an argument for gun regulation."
Shortly thereafter, Mr Metcalf was handed his marching orders, and Mr Bequette resigned. In an apology posted on the Guns & Ammo website, the departing editor wrote, "Historically, [the magazine's] tradition in supporting the Second Amendment has been unflinching... In publishing Metcalf's column, I was untrue to that tradition, and for that I apologise."
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