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Chicago Billboard Causing Controversy

CHICAGO (CNN) -- A billboard showing what appears to be an assault weapon has started some controversy in Chicago.

A clergyman there says it makes Chicago seem gun-friendly, and that's not how he wants to define the city.

The billboard is located just east of the central exit off of I-55 when you're driving up north. It shows an American flag, a Christianity symbol, and the Statue of Liberty. The sign is called "Pure American," with photos of a baseball glove, apple pie, and an assault-type rifle.

A reverend is now calling on the owner of the billboard, Lamar Advertising, to remove it.

"They have a choice to say we do or do not want this kind of advertisement on our billboards," Rev. Michael Pfleger said. "And so we're hoping the public opinions will let them know this isn't what they should be taking money for."

Lamar Advertising could not be reached for comment. Slide Fire, the Texas-based firearms parts manufacturer that bought the ad, says it deliberately chose President Barack Obama's hometown because of the city's crime rate and restrictive gun laws