Nothing says "I love you" like firing a semi-automatic weapon while renewing those wedding vows, eh?

If you're not attached, you might unwind on Valentine's Day by blasting holes in photographs of your ex, or visiting an indoor shooting range where the skimpily-dressed hostesses tote replica weapons and show you how to, er, hold your piece.

All this and more is on the table in Las Vegas, a city which in light of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, continues to show absolutely no sign of toning down the gun promotions.

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Lindsae MacDuff at the Gun store in Las Vegas after her 'shotgun wedding'

An official tourism blog for the city cites at least two options for "gun range-induced wedded bliss this Valentine's Day. Because really, who hasn't fantasised about exchanging vows while staring down the barrel of a loaded gun."

Meanwhile the Guns and Ammo Garage is offering free, yes free, vow renewals between 9-5pm on Valentine's Day with a little help from "Pistol Packing Preacher" Jimmy Mac.

As the Associated Press points out: "This year, gun ranges are extending their tongue-in-cheek promotions to Valentine's Day, always a moneymaker in this matrimony-and-sex obsessed town."

But gun control advocates like Josh Sugarmann at the Violence Policy Centre, say the promotions trivialise the dangers of high-powered weapons.

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Bob MacDuff gets in on the pistol-packing action

He said: "These gun stores and shooting ranges offer bad puns in poor taste in their efforts to put a happy face on firearm, yet each day more than 86 Americans die from gun violence.

"While Las Vegas gun promoters present assault rifles with high-capacity ammunition magazines as harmless Valentine's Day propers, the vast majority of Americans understand their true role: military-bred weapons that threaten police and public safety."

As Americans continue to wrangle over the thorny issue of gun control, some ominous shots came over the parapet from National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Wednesday.

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Bullet belts to seal our love: Shotgun weddings continue to be popular

"Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face -- not just maybe," LaPierre wrote in a commentary published by The Daily Caller, a conservative news site.

"It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival. It's responsible behavior, and it's time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that."
(via ) From a pop-up shop to the gun range, your marriage could be made in Vegas this Valentine’s Day

In January Huffington Post UK reported shotgun-themed weddings were continuing to boom - particularly in Sin City where organisers insisted no weddings had been cancelled in the wake of the Sandy Hook incident, which saw a gunman pick off 26 people.

And at Christmas time it emerged the weapon used in the massacre - an AR-15 style rifle - was the preferred gift of choice.

Americans across the country took to social media to show off their potentially lethal stocking fillers, as it emerged the rush on guns and ammunition sales spiked to "unprecedented" levels ahead of December 25.

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Saying it with guns is not a new development by any means. Check out some of the vintage ads for American gun makers below:

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  • Christmas Ad for Daisy Rifles (1972)

    <i>A Christmas Story</i> <a href="">this is not</a>.

  • "A Hi-Standard For Christmas" (1957)

  • Iver Johnson Revolvers (1904)

    Iver Johnson guns were used in the assassinations of both <a href="">Robert F. Kennedy</a> and president <a href="">William F. McKinley</a>.

  • Savage Arms Co. Ad for the Savage Automatic (1914)

    "Is your wife helpless -- or dangerous -- in these times when <i>more idlers</i> make more <i>brutes</i> and more <i>thugs</i>?"

  • Crosman Pellguns (1959)

    St. Louis Cardinals legend and MLB Hall of Famer Stan Musial <a href="">advertised for Crosman Pellguns</a> in the 1950's.

  • Winchester Rifle Ad (1958)

    "<a href="">Give him year 'round fun</a>...for years to come."

  • Remington Single Shot Rifles (1903)

    "The simplicity of the <a href="">Remington action</a> insures safety and saves repair bills."

  • Remington .22 Repeater (1910's)

    "Insure against a dull vacation: pack a <a href=""">Remington .22 Repeater</a> in your grip and half a dozen boxes of UMC .22 shorts."

  • Winchester Calendar (1917)

    What's manlier than taming -- or <a href="">possibly punching</a> -- a horse while your friend holds a severed deer head?

  • Winchester Calendar (1917)

    <a href="">An epic battle</a> pitting man on horseback with a gun versus a bear...on the edge of a cliff!

  • Daisy Air Rifles (1930s)

    "Get year 'round fun with your Christmas money...<a href="">get a Daisy</a>."

  • Remington Kleaborne Cartridges Ad (1933)

    "What a man, Jimmy, <a href="">what a man</a>!"

  • Rheingold Beer with Duck Hunting Shotgun (1957)

  • Colt Match Target Woodsman Pistol (1951)

  • Action Arms Ltd. Uzi Ad (Late 1980's)

  • .41 Smith & Wesson Ad (Undated)

    "When it's you or him..."

  • Colt Guns Christmas Ad (1939)

    "Isn't it time you <a href="">gave <i>yourself</i> a Christmas gift</a>?"

  • Winchester .22 (Undated)

    "<a href="">Start him right</a> -- right now."

  • Daisy Air Rifle Ad (Undated)

    "Mothers, as well as fathers, now generally recognize that this training makes for character and manliness."

  • Daisy Air Rifle Ad (1968)

  • Winchester Model 75 .22 Target Rifle Boy Scout Ad (1944)

    "Every boy <a href="">has his hero</a>."