Me­dia re­stricted from gun, po­lit­i­cal ques­tions at CMA Awards

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Tenn. (AP) — The Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion is warn­ing me­dia out­lets to avoid ques­tions about a re­cent mass shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas, gun rights or po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions at their an­nual awards show next week or risk los­ing cre­den­tials.

In me­dia guide­lines for Wed­nes­day’s 51st an­nual CMA Awards held in Nashville, Ten­nessee, the as­so­ci­a­tion said the re­stric­tions were “out of re­spect for the artists di­rectly or in­di­rectly in­volved” and they wanted ev­ery­one “to feel com­fort­able talk­ing to press.” Me­dia who strayed from the guide­lines could have their cre­den­tials “po­ten­tially re­voked via se­cu­rity es­cort.”

At a me­dia pre­view Thurs­day in New York City with hosts Car­rie Un­der­wood and Braid Pais­ley, The Associated Press asked the per­form­ers about the Ve­gas shoot­ing. The stars said they want to honor the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies dur­ing the show. Last year, the hosts made jokes about then-pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton, al­though the po­lit­i­cal jokes were much gen­tler than other award shows.

Mes­sages left for CMA reps weren’t im­me­di­ately re­turned Thurs­day.

Many coun­try stars have spo­ken pub­licly about the shoot­ing to of­fer con­do­lences or to raise money for vic­tims. CMT re­cently de­cided not to hand out awards dur­ing their re­cent CMT Artists of the Year show and ded­i­cated the en­tire night to vic­tims of the shoot­ing.

Still many other coun­try artists have been silent about gun laws in the wake of the shoot­ing

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