Alabama sex shop brings new meaning to the phrase “make love, not war.”
In an effort to keep guns off the streets, one sex shop is offering an interesting Valentines Day promotion—guns for sex toys.
Sherri Williams, owner of the erotic boutique Pleasures in Huntsville, Alabama, wants her customers to make love not war.
“If you didn’t necessarily have enough money to show someone a romantic evening, perhaps you could find a gun that you’re not using and bring that in. Or perhaps you intended to use the gun for malicious reasons and you thought about it and figured you’d have more enjoyment if you turned that gun into a store credit at Pleasures,” she told ABC.
The store is offering gift cards ranging from $150 to $250 per firearm. The swappers can then spend their booty on vibrators, lubricant, and lingerie.
Williams’ husband, who is a licensed gun dealer, will assess the value of the guns and run the serial numbers. The guns that have been used in a crime will be turned over to police, the rest will be auctioned off to gun collectors. Any profits will be donated to help victims of gun violence in Alabama.
Williams says she got the idea after the shooting tragedy in Tucson, Arizona where a gunman opened fire at a Safeway, killing six people and injuring 14 others including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Pleasures first gained headlines when it opened as the first drive thru sex shop in the US. In Alabama it is illegal to sell sex toys, a law Williams took all the way to federal court and won until the state appealed and the ruling was overturned. Williams has since found a loophole in the law that allows her to operate squeaky clean—sort of.
Alabama allows for the sale of sex toys that are needed for unspecified “medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial, or law enforcement” purposes. Customers buying sex toys fill out an anonymous form with 10 questions including whether they or a partner have difficulty with sexual fulfillment. Voila, completely legal. The loophole is very similar to how California gets away with selling pot for medicinal purposes even though it is federally prohibited.
A gun for an energy efficient dual head vibrator. You’d have to imagine that John Lennon would have loved this sort thing.