Move to boycott ‘Groupon’ for abrupt new anti-gun policy

An Austin, Texas, gun instructor had his deal for discount concealed handgun license classes canceled unexpectedly last week by Groupon.

Groupon is a popular website that provides various types of discounted offers from local merchants. Deals can include dinners, entertainment, and in this case, concealed handgun license classes.

Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, has been offering Groupon deals for some time, but his Tuesday-through-Saturday deal was pulled on Friday.

“On Wednesday, after the president made his speech, the deal just went crazy, and it looked like we were gonna max out,” Cargill said. When Groupon called to ask if he could raise the ceiling on the number deals offered, he did, and more than 1,000 people responded.

But on Friday morning, when his deal disappeared from the website, Cargill received a call from Groupon.

“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.’” Cargill said.

Groupon issued the following statement to FOX 7:

“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.”

“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 has contacted his attorney to see if there is any recourse. The Groupon contract says the company can terminate a deal at any time, but with written notice, which Cargill didn’t receive.

“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.

 

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
About Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • linda123456

    done! boycotting Groupon

  • Scotty

    BYE GROUPON – COMMUNISTS

  • Mike F

    Already canceled my account!

    Hope hey go bankrupt.

  • Crocography

    Please tell me how this move by Groupon flies in the face of the 2nd amendment. No one at any media site nor blog has yet had an answer. Just because Groupon will not give you a deal on gun related stuff doesn't mean that we cannot get guns still. In other words can you still by guns, yep.

  • http://growbrain.com John R Hopkins

    I was just given a $25 groupon gift card for my birthday. Using it will only cost Groupon more money, yes? Or should I cancel my account anyway? Worst part is it was given to me by another strong 2E supporter.

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  • http://taksavvy.com Adam Wilson

    This is an outrage. The company Hubbs Group will replace Groupon in 24 hours for all 2nd amendment companies.

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  • Paul revere

    As an OIF Veteran and The Father of Two OIF Veterans I would like to thank the American Sheriffs who are standing tall. Thank You. Oh Yeah, Bye Groupon!

  • Matt

    Done, and I emailed their customer service so they would know why

  • John

    How is this any different than the stand the CEO of Chick Fill A made? In a free country people have the right to do with their businesses as they choose. We also have the right to patronize them or not. If those who supported the Chick Fill A CEO's choice chose to buy from him then those who disagree with Groupon have the right to not support them.