The Chicago-based deal and coupon website has halted all gun-related deals, it announced on Sunday. Groupon discounts for shooting activities can involve anything from clay shooting to time and training at a gun range. These deals, both current and those scheduled for the future, have been placed on hiatus.

In a statement from Groupon spokesperson Julie Mossler, she indicated the reason for this action was both because the company was reviewing “internal standards” for inventory, and in response to recent consumer feedback . According to the LA Times, merchants have criticized the website for their sudden announcement, leaving them little time to prepare. Others voiced discontent over what they think is Groupon bowing to media pressure in the current national gun control debate.

One Texas gun shop owner is calling for a boycott of the site after they removed his coupon for a concealed weapon training course. Daily Finance reports that Michael Cargill, proprietor of Central Texas Gun Works, started a deal on Tuesday with Groupon to promote his training course. The demand for his course was so high that the partnership was extended, until a Groupon representative called him and informed him of the company’s action. His coupons were shelved until further notice, a move that frustrated both Cargill and his customers.

In a statement to the Daily Finance Cargill said, “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.'”

For his part, Cargill is willing to honor any Groupons purchased as well as offering classes at a marked down rate.

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6 thoughts on “Groupon Puts Gun-related Deals on Hiatus

  1. Here is my letter canceling my account…


    I have learned today that Groupon is no longer supporting any type of firearm-related deals. I am disappointed to hear this and am writing to ask you to cancel my account and please no longer send me emails.

    It is important to realize that firearms are a tool just like many other things in our lives. Would it not make sense to educate people about them rather than bury their heads in the sand with ignorance? Guns do not kill…PEOPLE kill!
    Once you start to discriminate against one, I find it hypocritical to not discriminate against them all. Automobiles and alcohol kill many more people on a daily basis yet you continue to promote services supporting them.

    Thank you,

    1. I hope you don’t mind but I am copying your well put letter and sending
      it to them with MY cancellation..Fight the good fight brother…

  2. I’ve been an avid fan of Groupon for quite awhile now and have enjoyed the many excellent deals they have offered. Unfortunately since they have made the decision to follow the liberal sheep in front of them, brings me to decide like the rest here to close my account with them. Just be certain that you all let them know why you’re leaving. I know for a fact that they have been having some real problems on Wall Street, stock prices dropping and I’ve also noticed that their offers have been slow in reaching my mail box lately. I’d like to remind them that their decision to disrespect the sporting community in this manner will very likely ruin the company. I’m now anxious to see that CEO be replaced by one with a brain and not interested in following the liberal leader…

  3. I sent them an unsubscribe email a week ago, before I knew anything about this, I didn’t like the whole concept of them to begin with and this behavior of theirs just proves my thoughts about them were correct.

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