False Post About Guns Being Sold At Airport Goes Viral
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It is officially opening weekend for pheasant hunting season. To welcome hunters, the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau and several local businesses rolled out the red carpet at the airport, setting up several hunting related booths. But one travelers tweet about this event caused some controversy.
“I love the hunters coming to South Dakota and I appreciate their business,” says owner of Last Chance Auction, Rich Larson.
Before hunters hit the fields, Larson took advantage of their visit advertising for his upcoming auction.
“We basically followed all the laws as you would follow to go to a gun show,” explains Larson.
Larson set up rifles, shot guns and hand guns at the Sioux Falls airport for display purposes only.
“The guns were secured and everything was fine; not loaded, no ammo,” says Larson.
After seeing the firearms, a traveler from New York tweeted pictures of Larson’s booth on Friday with the caption “just landed in Sioux Falls. They are selling guns at the airport.”
“What,” responds Larson. “I think that was our first thought: what?”
Even though the statement is not true, the tweet was re-tweeted more than 8,000 times, with many posting negative comments about it.
“As quick as he snapped the picture, he could have walked up to the table and asked the question: are these guns for sale?” says Larson. “And the answer would have been, obviously, no.”
The traveler did correct himself several hours after the first post tweeting “it turns out he was advertising the guns for an auction.”
“I would hope that you get your facts straight before you put it out there, and secondly understand that there is responsible gun owners,” says Larson in response to the second tweet.
Going through all of this, Larson says he’s learned one thing; there’s a big divide on how people view guns today.
“Some get excited to see the firearms and appreciate them, and some people are totally turned off,” says Larson. “So you can see that divide.”
KDLT reached out to the man who tweeted the pictures, but did not get a response.
Larson’s auction will take place this Thursday at 4 p.m. both in store and online.