Groupon Yanks Gun-Related Deals

Gun shop owner calls for boycott

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 22, 2013 1:46 AM CST

(Newser) – Groupon has dropped all current and future gun-related deals after what it says was pressure from customers, the Los Angeles Times reports. The daily deals site says all shooting range, conceal-and-carry classes, and clay shooting deals have been suspended while it "reviews internal standards." Groupon joins several other firms that have backed away from gun-related businesses in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

A Texas gun shop owner affected by the move is calling for a boycott, CNET reports. "I'm asking everyone in the Second Amendment community to boycott Groupon, because the message they're sending is, 'Look, we do not want to support law-abiding citizens taking time out of their schedule to learn the safety surrounding firearms,'" he said after a promotion for his concealed-handgun training course was abruptly canceled.

Groupon employees pose by the company logo in the lobby of the online coupon company's Chicago offices.
Groupon employees pose by the company logo in the lobby of the online coupon company's Chicago offices.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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