Groupon selling gun deals in several cities nationwide

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, September 17, 2013

Groupon, the Chicago-based company known for their discount deals, seems to have officially lifted its moratorium on gun deals in the United States.

The company stopped selling firearms deals, including gun rentals at shooting ranges and discounted training classes, in January in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last year. Twenty-six people, including 20 children, died in the December 14 shooting.

“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,” Groupon told AOL Daily Finance back in January.

Over the past few weeks the website has offered gun-related deals in several cities, however, including Atlanta,DetroitIndianapolisMinneapolis and Washington, D.C. The deals being offered include a mixture of gun and ammo rentals at various shooting ranges and instructional classes.

In June, the company accidentally leaked that they were considering changes to the policy when they included an expired deal for a shooting range in an email to some Colorado residents.

“We have decided to reopen certain firearm-related deals in specific markets where they’ve been frequently requested by both merchants and customers,” Nicholas Halliwell, a public relations officer for Groupon wrote in an email to Red Alert Politics at the time, adding that he was unsure when the company would resume selling firearms deals nationwide.

Groupon could not be reached for comment regarding the sale of gun deals nationwide as of press time.

Groupon’s main competitor, Living Social, continued to sell gun-related deals throughout 2013, including a controversial one back in May that mixed target practice and drinking.

This piece has been updated to reflect that Groupon appears to have lifted its gun ban, not that it definitely has. 

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