Groupon has pressed the pause button on gun-related deals indefinitely. The company released a statement saying that its entire firearms category is under review.
The news from Groupon comes after Michael Cargill, a gun shop owner in Texas, cancelled a Groupon for a concealed handgun training class before it was to expire.
Cargill stated that the order to cancel all Groupon gun deals came directly from CEO Andrew Mason, reports Gizmodo. The company hasn’t gone into detail as to why they pulled the deals, but given the recent shootings and gun debate, it is not a surprise.
A spokesperson for Groupon stated of the decision:
All scheduled and current gun-related deals featured on Groupon North America, including shooting ranges, conceal-and-carry and clay shooting, have been placed on hiatus while we review internal standards that shape the deal inventory we feature.”
The company didn’t explain the reason behind their decision, except to say, “The category is under review following recent consumer and merchant feedback.”
Business Insider notes that Cargill has since called for a boycott of Groupon, because of their decision. The gun store owner added:
“The Groupon representative calls me up and he says that ‘Well, because of the CEO, he’s decided to suspend all Groupon deals related to handguns, concealed handguns or anything dealing with guns period.’ “
The deals website will also be reviewing international standards for the deals while they’re on hold. The move by the company comes after several other companies distanced themselves from gun makers and related businesses. Dick’s Sporting Goods even stopped selling guns at its store closest to Newtown, Connecticut, where a school shooting killed 20 elementary school kids and six educators.
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