Unable to accomplish their goals through legislation, one anti-gun group is trying to deplatform an American business for selling products they don’t like.
The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence wants Shopify and DreamHost to disable two websites they currently host – GhostGunner.net and GhostGuns.com – for supposedly violating their hosting companies’ terms of service, according to Fox News.
The two businesses sell kits that can be used to make “ghost guns,” or homemade firearms that are untraceable.
For a few hundred dollars, the public can purchase the kits and create their own semi-automatic weapons without the background check they would otherwise need if purchased in a traditional gun shop.
However, GhostGunner.net’s Cody Wilson disputes the characterization that his site is somehow illegal or not complying with federal regulations.
“This is an attempt to apply pressure to deplatform a legal, American business selling legal products to law-abiding customers,” Wilson said.
Attorneys for the gun control group, founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived a 2011 assassination attempt, contend that the homemade firearms are being used in crimes and therefore want the hosting providers to “invoke its policies to help stem the tide of this illegal, deadly behavior” because the sites sell “the sort of products that have already caused scores of senseless deaths — and are likely to cause many more, unless taken off the market.”
It was not clear what source the group got their “scores of senseless deaths” data from, but one Northern California man who was barred from owning guns reportedly killed his wife and four other people earlier this month with semi-automatic rifles he had built himself, according to Fox News.
It’s one thing to go through the legislative process to add regulations legally, but quite another to go around the law by attempting to deplatform, and therefore silence and/or shut-down, those whose businesses you disagree with.
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