Excerpt from the Washington Free Beacon:

“Destination DC’s Official Visitors Guide,” Claire Carlin, VP of partnerships & alliances of Destination DC

BY: Stephen Gutowski

August 5, 2016 12:00 pm

The travel guide published by the Washington, D.C., official convention and sports authority has refused to run ads for the National Rifle Association’s National Firearms Museum because those ads depict firearms. The NRA offered three different ad variations featuring antique firearms on display at the museum during their discussions with Destination DC. One featured civil-war-era muskets, a wheel lock carbine from the Mayflower, and a flintlock fowler owned by Napoleon Bonaparte. All three were rejected. Destination DC told officials from the NRA that it would no longer accept ads that depict any weapons or ammunition despite a relationship with the museum that dates back to 2012.

The organization told the NRA it was willing to run an ad for the firearms museum, as long as it does not depict any firearms.

Destination DC did not say whether or not they would be removing the museum’s listing in its physical or online guides, as both feature pictures of firearms contained in the museum.

From Jason Brown, NRA Spokesperson: “The NRA is surprised and disappointed that a publication purporting to be a guide to historic attractions in the nation’s capital would choose to censor history, neglecting to allow a museum dedicated to preserving and chronicling the history of not only America’s legendary arms, but the story of firearms throughout the world, particularly since the publication has willingly published our ads featuring historic firearms in the past,”.

Destination DC is a private, non-profit corporation that represents more than 850 businesses and organizations in the D.C. area—including American Airlines, the Washington Nationals, American Express, and Amtrak. However, a percentage of the corporation’s funding comes directly from D.C.’s hotel occupancy tax. Destination DC is also a contracting arm of Events DC, the “official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia.”



Call them at Phone: 202-789-7000 and let them know that due to their treatment of NRA Museum you will from now on advise all your friends, relatives, and business associates to host their conventions, vacations, travel, etc., somewhere other than D.C. I urge all NRA Members to call (I just did; who will join me?) and let them know that we intend to cut into their touted, $6.8 Billion visitor spending and $725 million in new tax revenue. Again their number is: 202-789-7000