Arizona Gun Shop Owner Says Obama Voters Not Responsible Enough to His Customers

When most people hear any mention of Arizona, they think of desert, cactus and rattlesnakes, but there is also areas of the state that are green, forested and beautiful.  Perhaps one of the most beautiful areas of the state is the White Mountains along the eastern border with New Mexico.

The White Mountains are covered with juniper trees in the lower altitudes to pine and spruce in the higher elevations.  Believe it or not, I saw it snow in July while fly fishing for trout in the White Mountains with my dad at Sunrise Lake which has an elevation of 9,200.  One of the summer monsoon storms rolled in over the lake.  We felt the temperature plummet as it started to rain, then turned to sleet and then to snow.

My parents and sister live in the White Mountains near Show Low.  About 10 miles south of Show Low is the community of Pinetop-Lakeside.  Like most of the area on the Mogollon Rim, the people are fairly conservative, value their guns, their religion and would fight to keep them.

One business owner in Pinetop is Cope Reynolds.  He owns the Southwest Shooting Authority, a gun shop and firearms training facility.  After seeing Reynolds ad that he took out in the local newspaper, I plan to make it a point to stop in and shake his hand the next time I get a chance to go back and visit my family.

Reynolds bought a full page ad in the newspaper, White Mountain Independent, that read:

“If you voted for Barack Obama your business is NOT WELCOME at Southwest Shooting Authority.  You have proven you are not responsible enough to own a firearm.”


Reynolds recently moved his business from Luna, New Mexico to Pinetop earlier this year because of his belief in the US Constitution and freedom.  He believes that Arizona is a more Constitution friendly state and would be a better fit for his business, pointing to their constitutional carry law and Castle Doctrine.  He also said that he is a big fan of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and how she has stood up against the Obama administration while defending her state.

Reynolds knows that it will be hard to enforce his ad, but stated if anyone admits to voting for Obama, he does plan to refuse their business.  Legally, he is allowed to refuse to serve someone as long as it is not for reasons of race, sex, disability or being a member of a protected class.

Many of the local residents have supported his stand, but he admits that he has also received a number of hate emails and even death threats, but he plans on standing his ground.  In response to the death threats, Reynolds said that any would be assassins need to be aware that he carries a gun with him at all times, as is his right in Arizona, and since he is a firearm trainer, he knows how to use his gun quite proficiently.

Imagine what would happen if more conservatives refused to do business with people who voted for Obama like Cope Reynolds.



  • Doodlebug

    If obummer has his way, Cope Reynolds won't have to worry about it or anything else involving guns. According to Reuters, "The Obama administrations intends to force gun control and a COMPLETE BAN ON ALL WEAPONS for US citizens through the signing of internaton treaties with foreign nations." Once again he will sidestep congress and do this though the UN. In an article I read, (I believe it was in either WND or Newsmax), that "supporters of the treaty say Americans won't be impacted because nothing coming from the UN can trump the U.S. Constitution." Don't count on that with this joke in the WH. We need to aggressively try to stop this action by lobbying the White House to back off, let our representatives and senators know that we know what is going on, OR lose another one of our freedoms and having no way to defend ourself. ONCE AGAIN, WAKE UP AMERICA! With his coverup of the deal in Libya, do you really trust that he won't sign on to gun control. Bet obummer and his body guards will have guns.

    • DontTreadOnMe11

      He cannot just side step Congress to enact an international treaty. The Senate must ratify the treaty. But, since the democrats control the Senate, they might just ratify such a treaty.

      • Phillip_in_TX

        Last thing I heard on the subject, 50 Senators (both Republican and Democrat) stated they would vote against it.

      • Doodlebug

        DontTreadOnMe11, you could be right however, according to Reuter's,"by signing international treaties on gun control, the Obama administration can use the US State Department to bypass the normal legislative process in Congress." It can't happen? I do not know that's for sure but,I do not trust this jerk any farther than I can throw him and believe me, at my age, you can forget me even trying! I hope you are right.

        • DontTreadOnMe11

          I have not heard about the State Department being used to bypass the legislature. The Constitution specifies how a treaty is ratified. But, with obama's history on skirting the Constitution, anything is possible.

    • True American

      Hey yodel head! There is no such plan! You can't get all of your information from extreme websites, it makes you sound crazy!

  • onmysoapbox

    Lets take it one step further and not support any business whose owner voted democrat. Just a thought.

    • 820 REDHORSE

      Been doin that for awhile now, movies ,resturants, insurance(PROGRESSIVE),hardware & clothes stores and the like.

  • Screeminmeeme

    Cope Reynolds: American patriots have your back.

  • threebarrs

    I salute you Cope Reynolds. More Americans need to take a stand for our country and our individual rights!!!

    • Phillip_in_TX

      Mr. Barrett of Barrett Manufacturing took a stand too (awhile back). They manufacture weapons, one of which is the Barrett .50 caliber. When L.A.P.D. testified AGAINST his product (the .50 Caliber) was banned in California, by name & caliber. At the time L.A.PD. had two of their weapons at the factory to be fixed. Not only did he not fix them, he told them if they want them back, they had to come get them.

      In the mean time, his company developed the .475 Barrett. Since it was only the .50 that was banned in California, the .475 was perfectly legal.

      • cottagemist


  • Dennis

    But anyone who voted for Obama does have a disability!

    • Phillip_in_TX

      The technical term is: "Cranial Rectal Inversion."

    • Rachel Guess

      It's actually more of a dementia.

    • hpinnc

      Yeah!!!!! and it's called STUPID. and remember the famous quote by the famous Forest Gump, YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID.

  • Cat

    Works for me!

  • Phillip_in_TX

    Good for him! I agree 100%.

  • jobird

    Amen and pass this article on.Folks we are in deep trouble of which there appears to be no end.I feel it will get only much worse and rather doubt our Nation will ever recover.

    • Phillip_in_TX

      We can and will recover; however, we are going to be in for some rough times. If you have not prepared, time is running out!

      • jobird

        I pray you are right!! We are as prepared as possible!!!

  • ARMYOF69

    Tell the obama voters that you need targets inside the shooting range, and you're looking for volunteers,.

    • Tim Singleton

      Why? Not enough brain power for a head shot to be of any consequence. Solid bone through and through.

  • agbjr

    Anyone who actually voted for Obama is by that very action not responsible enough to be a citizen of the United States.

    • hpinnc

      I agree, & since aparently they don't have enough intelligence to comprehend socialism/communism,deport them to China,Russia,Cuba & N.Korea.They will be happy there.

  • lee

    I won't even do business with someone from a state that went for Obama.

    • Rich

      The problem with that lee is that there are plenty of good folks stuck in blue states who are just trying to stay afloat - and punishing their businesses just makes it more difficult for them. Believe me, the wife and I used to be in that boat until we were finally able to leave California.

      • tony

        Me 2, now in Prescott

    • True American

      This means that you will not do business with Mitt Romney nor Paul Ryan!

  • Just Saying

    Carry ......................ON Mr. Renalds!
    Liberty or Death? I think that is what our founding fathers said?In this time and age our history maaay be repeating itself!
    "Just Saying"

  • randyn1531

    Great job Cope Reynolds. The way things are going in this country, you may not be able to refuse Obamanites business much longer as they will soon be a protected class. That will happen as soon as the government classifies mentally retarded people a protected class.

  • MTnman

    Solicitors, for any reason, coming to my home are told, "If you support Obama, please leave and do not bother to come back. You see the curb? Stay on the other side and respect my right to privacy and the rejection of Obama's Marxism, communism to you, at every opportunity by any means. If you dislike Obama and his attempts to destroy our intended form of government, welcome. How may I help you?"

    Comments range from surprise, confusion and wrongheaded engagement - flapdoodle.

    Try it. Enjoy the temporary misery you can inflict on leftists (Syn. socialist, anarchist, communist; see AGITATOR, LIBERAL, RADICAL, Webster's College Dictionary, Fourth Edition). To say the least, the word gets around. In our small community (6,000), we rejected Obama 68% to 27% in the recent election. Libertarians made up the rest.

  • Silas Longshot

    Go for it, spread the movement! If he does internet business, I'm going to have to do some shopping, because I'm investing heavily in silver and brass for the forseeable future.

  • cottagemist

    My question do you Mr.Reynolds vet them out...they are so good as liars, cheats...etc...Great step though...

  • 820 REDHORSE

    If I was'nt so broke from payin my taxes so peeples can have free oscumma phones & housing & food , I'd drive to AZ to buy a gun & sum ammo from this PATRIOT!!!! Now thats takin a stand!!

    • True American

      Actually it was Ronald Reagan that made it possible for low income people to get free phone service! So thank him!

      • 820 REDHORSE

        You moron!! Cell phones were'nt even around back when a American was president!! Shoot yourself in the face!

        • True American

          I'm sure that you believe that! Cell phones were actually around then a man named Martin Cooper made the first cell phone call on April 3rd 1973 Reagan was President from 81-89. So sir your education on that fact is incorrect. That makes you ignorant! Also it was the Telecomunications Act of 1934 that was the precursor of the Life line program which was implemented in 1985. Who was President in 1985? Reagan that is who. So this is the second time you are ignorant in your response, which makes you a moron! I would suggest that you do not procreate! You may spawn another Moron! I'm sure you will not be able to understand some of the words that you have seen. I will not hold that against you!

        • 820 REDHORSE

          Again shoot yourself in the face! Ask for assistance if you need it! Don't try it with a trouser trout either, try a .45 , and if you have polluted the earth with your seed, do the same!

        • True American

          I would expect this response from an under educated, low income person. It seems like you guy have a great propensity for violence. I bet you pee on yourself when in the face of danger! I seem it first hand in Iraq and again in Afghanistan! Tough guys scared as hell and peeing on themselves while crying for their Mommies. Sad! It's ok though!

        • 820 REDHORSE

          Sorry to bust yer bubble TA , butt I've been in a firefight or two myself and got the bullet wounds to prove it. Once while serving active duty in the USAF and while workin as a security contractor with in the middle east.
          And on the education side, I got my degree while serving in the USAF.
          And no I'm not wealthy , but I own my on company and have for the past 18 years and employ 17 people, 10 that are combat veterans. So as we may disagree and I may have not had my facts straight, thank you for your service and have nice day!

        • True American

          Thank you also for your service. I will assume you we're a part of the 820th RED HORSE Squadron out of Nellis AFB. Also thank you for employing Vets. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

        • 820 REDHORSE

          yes ,But I worked with a detachment unit Happy Thanksgivng.

  • AZsnipe

    I live in Phoenix. I'll have to make it a point to stop in and see you in Pinetop.

    I sell guns in Tempe, but it's for a chain, and I cannot do what you have done, much as I'd like to.

    Keep up the good work.

  • reagangs

    I would like to do business witth Mr. Reynolds. Maybe a .50 cal revolver and modified M14 with a scope. They would go nice with an old 30 06 M1 bolt action and the service .45 semi auto pistol that my dad brought back from Burma.

  • Tim Singleton

    LOL, since my business involves helping people who want to become small business owners rather than dependent on a job, much less the government, I doubt I will ever even get an Obama supporter to have a conversation. What I do involves too much work and too much thinking, a double header of worse than death for an Obama supporter.

    • True American

      Isn't Warren Buffet an Obama Supporter? If you look at the growth of small businesses in America over the past 4 years you will notice that the majority of new business applications are filed by Aferican America or other minorities. In the same period of time the new applications for Government assistance have risen among Caucasians! If you review the last satistic you will find that the majority of people on government assistance or non minority people! Caucasians lead the way!

  • tony

    That's a big reason we left Califucka for Prescott