Vibrators Not Bullets: Alabama Shop Trades Sex Toys for Guns

Feb 9, 2011
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

A Huntsville, Alabama, sex shop won't have a huge Valentine's Day sale, but shoppers can still catch a break—if they bring in a gun and a doctor's note.

Pleasures encourages shoppers to take guns off the streets and put FUN between the sheets. (Image:

Sherri Williams, the owner of Pleasures sex toy shop, is offering customers the option to trade in their firearms for an erotic toy to share with the one (or ones) they love.

There's is one little caviat.

In Alabama, sex toys are technically banned unless, as The Huntsville Times reports, they're used for the "stimulation of human genital organs" for a "bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose."

So after customers provide their signed and dated doctor's prescription, they can claim the vibrator, blow-up doll or lubricant of their choosing.

Why exactly has Williams chosen guns as the trade-in item?

She told the AFP, "I'm in it to help people enjoy Valentine's Day in a tough economy. I'm also in it to get guns off the street."

When customers turn in their guns, the firearms will be inspected by a licensed gun dealer—Williams's husband. Guns that are found to be stolen or to have been used in a crime will go straight to the police. Others will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to victims of gun violence.

The AFP notes, "Williams conceded that the guns could be resold at auction, in which case they might end up back on the streets, but said the effort still is worthwhile."

Williams seems to enjoy making news. In 2010, she snagged media attention for selling sex toys through a drive-thru window. Also, Williams is one of the many fighters against Alabama's sex toy ban.

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