Groupon Cancels All Gun-Related Deals

Leah Barkoukis

1/22/2013 3:40:00 PM - Leah Barkoukis

Sadly, it’s true. Last week, Groupon joined the anti-gun brigade:

"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 category is under review following recent consumer and merchant feedback."

A local gun store owner in Texas said the deal he was offering for discounted concealed handgun license classes “went crazy” after President Obama’s gun control speech last week. Recognizing it looked as though the deal would max out, Groupon even asked if he would be willing to raise the deal’s ‘ceiling.’ He did, only to have Groupon pull the deal from the site early, telling him over the phone that the CEO decided to suspend all gun-related deals.

"It's as if people at Groupon equate anybody that believes in the Second Amendment with the armed monsters that occasionally make headlines and that's not the people that sit here in our concealed handgun license course," Cargill said.

Cargill was even more upset because his deal was supposed to run through Saturday.

He's contacted his attorney to see if there's anything he can do.

His Groupon contract does say the company can terminate a deal at any time, but with written notice, which Cargill says he never received.

"If we're able to sue, then I want to sue. But if I cannot do a lawsuit or a class action lawsuit against Groupon, what I am asking...I'm asking all Second Amendment lovers to boycott Groupon," Cargill said.

There were other Austin-area handgun class deals on Groupon earlier today but they have since been removed.

Groupon would do well to remember that there are nearly 90 million gun owners in America—the vast majority of which are responsible, law-abiding citizens who are choosing to exercise their Constitutional right to bear arms.