Daily American Republic
Controversial wording on a North Westwood Boulevard billboard was taken down less than 48 hours after it went up. Rhino’s Gunwork owner Ryan Brooks said while the “guns, ammo & cool sh–!!!” advertisement was protected by free speech, he voluntarily took down that section of the sign after complaints from residents and by officials from Poplar Bluff city hall. The billboard went up Wednesday morning and was changed by Thursday afternoon. Neither the city nor the Missouri Department of Transportation has an ordinance prohibiting the sign. The city also spoke with the Missouri Municipal League, which confirmed the sign was protected under the First Amendment.