Listings • Exchange aims to fill void as KSL suspends firearms ads.
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A Utah gun group plans to give away a 9 mm handgun to celebrate its new free online firearms classified page.
The Utah Gun Exchange was created by Nick Moyes and three of his friends earlier this month to fill the void left when KSL.com temporarily suspended firearms listings on its popular classifieds website after the Connecticut school shootings.
KSL officials said they felt it was appropriate to halt gun ads during a time of national mourning.
Moyes' site has 600 firearms listings, and aims to become a place for responsible Utah gun owners to unite.
"If we can be a good ambassador for the gun community and put on a good face for the gun community in light of these tragedies, we are happy to step up to the plate," said Moyes, 31, a concealed firearms permit instructor from Saratoga Springs.
On Christmas Day, the Utah Gun Exchange group will be picking "one lucky winner" among 7,000 or so people who have "liked" its Facebook page and are 21 years or older. The winner, who must pass the requisite government background check, will receive a Sig P2022 9 mm handgun with a mounted laser. There is no significance to the gun, other than the fact that it was inexpensive and cool, Moyes said.