- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Groupon, an Internet site that works with businesses around the world to provide “Deal of the Day” and other product promotions, has halted all deals involving guns.

“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,” said Julie Mossler, Groupon spokeswoman, according to an AOL Daily Finance article. “The category is under review following recent consumer and merchant feedback.”

The suspension has taken gun-shop owners off guard.

One Texas proprietor said in the AOL report that his Groupon deal for savings on a concealed handgun course that was supposed to span up to 1,500 buyers was first scaled back — so that only 600 buyers could participate — before being completely dropped.

“I’m asking everyone in the Second Amendment community to boycott Groupon,” said the gun-shop owner, Michael Cargill, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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