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Italy's Culture Minister Takes Aim At U.S. Weapons Manufacturer

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Italy's Culture Minister Takes Aim At U.S. Weapons Manufacturer

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Italy's Culture Minister Takes Aim At U.S. Weapons Manufacturer

Italy's Culture Minister Takes Aim At U.S. Weapons Manufacturer

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Armalite is a weapons manufacturer in Illinois, and Dario Franceschini is upset about an image from ArmaLite's "Work of Art" ad campaign. It shows Michelangelo's David cradling an assault rifle.

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ArmaLite is a weapons manufacturer in Illinois and they're facing an unlikely opponent. His name is Dario Franceschini, he's Italy's culture minister and he's upset about an image from ArmLite's "Work of Art" ad campaign. It shows Michelangelo's David cradling an assault rifle. Franceschini says the ad "offends and infringes on the law."

He probably also won't like the image of a rifle hanging between "American Gothic" and the "Mona Lisa." The barrel points towards that famous smile.

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