AOL's DailyFinance reported Monday evening that Chicago-based deals site Groupon is holstering its weapons when it comes to firearms-related promotions.
In a statement emailed to AOL site Daily Finance, spokesperson Julie Mossler pointed to the company's desire to take stock of what it offers in its daily deals model:
"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."
Daily Finance reported that at least one Texas gun store owner is fired up and calling for a boycott of Groupon over the perceived slight against the second amendment and law-abiding gun owners. Michael Cargill, the owner of Austin's Central Texas Gun Works, is looking to rally the troops and get in Groupon's collective face:
"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.' "
Reaction on social media ranged from the predictable - railing on both sides of the gun debate, accusing the company of mucking with the Constitution or congratulating it for taking a stand - to those who were basically just surprised to learn Groupon had gun deals.
.@groupon Why would you have EVER offered deals on guns? Please don't offer deals on ammo or nuclear warheads, either. Thanks so much.— TheRiverWanders (@TheRiverWanders) January 22, 2013
Groupon had come under some criticism for its firearms offerings following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown. The company did not supply further statement late Monday upon a request from a Sun-Times reporter. No further details on the decision or CEO Andrew Mason's role in the move were made public.