Some Michigan businesses ending sales of Confederate flags

The Mississippi flag hangs, with the other state flags, in the subway between the U.S. Capitol and Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. In the wake of a massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., a bipartisan mix of officials across the country is calling for the removal of Confederate flags and other symbols of the Confederacy. Leaders of the Republican-controlled state of Mississippi are divided on whether to alter the state's flag, a corner of which is made up of the Confederate battle flag. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

CLAWSON, Mich. (AP) – Some sellers of flags in Michigan are planning to stop offering Confederate flags after the church massacre in South Carolina.

Bill Miles, owner of American Flag and Banner in Clawson, tells The Detroit News that the decision comes as major flag makers decide to stop making them.

At Flags Unlimited in Kentwood, near Grand Rapids, the Detroit Free Press reports customers have been calling to try to buy Confederate flags. Tim Mohney says it’s “never been a very popular design for us” and he won’t replenish his inventory after it is sold.

National retailers have pulled Confederate flags from shelves and websites after the shooting deaths of nine black church members in Charleston last week. The shooting suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, appeared in photos holding the Confederate flag.

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