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Jason Aldean performs in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Country star Aldean is making an emotional return to the stage after cancelling tour dates following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The CMA Awards threatened to boot reporters who ask about guns, politics or Las Vegas



The Country Music Association (CMA) has requested that reporters refrain from discussing several sensitive topics at its upcoming awards ceremony, according to The Nashville Scene.

The Scene on Thursday reported that the CMA asked media members not to discuss guns, politics or the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas with country musicians at the event.

“In light of recent events, and out of respect for the artists directly or indirectly involved, please refrain from focusing your coverage of the CMA Awards Red Carpet and Backstage Media Center on the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like,” the CMA’s media guidelines for its 51st annual awards ceremony read.

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“It’s vital, more so this year than in years past due to the sensitivities at hand, that the CMA Awards be a celebration of Country Music and the artists that make this genre so great,” the guidelines add.

“If you are reported as straying from these guidelines, your credential will be reviewed and potentially revoked via security escort.”

This year’s CMA Awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

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The country music world remains reeling after the Oct. 1 mass shooting at an outdoor concert celebrating the genre in Las Vegas.

Singer Jason Aldean was giving the closing performance of the annual Route 91 Harvest country music festival when bullets began spraying the event.

Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the event from his 32nd floor hotel room in the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

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Aldean survived the bloodshed, but the attack killed at least 58 people and wounded at least 546 more.

Responding police officers ultimately found Paddock dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in his room.

The massacre now ranks as the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and it has since stoked fierce national debate over gun control.

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