Daily deals website GRoupon became the latest business to enter the gun control debate after suspending all new deals in North America for gun related businesses on January 18th 2013. In the wake of a growing debate on the sale and use of guns in the U.S.
following a number of school shootings, including the Sandy Hook tragedy Chicago based Groupon placed an indefinite ban on gun related deals.
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,” Groupon spokeswoman Julie Mossler told AOL Daily Finance in an emailed statement.
“The category is under review following recent consumer and merchant feedback,” she added.
In the past Groupon has sold deals for concealed weapons classes and shooting ranges; the current ban was instigated without fanfare and has no expiry date.
Gun control groups claim Groupon had received a large number of complaints about the sale of gun related deals prior to December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which had risena fter the shooting took place.
Supporters of the use of guns and gun related businesses have called for a boycott of Groupon as they claim the business is infringing on their Second Amendment rights.
Gun-control advocates support the company’s decision.
“We, along with other groups, had been applying pressure to Groupon for some time now because we were disturbed by the flippant nature of previous gun deals,” Ladd Everritt, a spokesman for The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, told The Huffington Post.
“Even before Newtown, they were undoubtedly getting emails from users who threatened to discontinue their membership if Groupon continued to promote those types of deals, and I expect those emails have only accelerated in intensity after the tragedy,” Everitt said.