A lot of local gun owners were hoping to take a concealed handgun course Friday night at a deep discount. Then the Groupon they planned to use was canceled because politics got in the way.
Chris Rainey has been teaching gun owners how to safely handle their weapon for the past three years. After 14 years in law enforcement, it's his passion.
Groupon worked pretty well for him last month, well before the Sandy Hook school shooting. After running a deal with the online coupon giant, 100 people showed up for his concealed handgun license class.
He tried it again this month. Groupon said yes at first and then called back.
"They said well their corporate headquarters said cut or remove all gun ads from their discount program, all gun ads, concealed handgun or training classes. So they're not gonna run that right now because of the current political climate," Rainey said.
He said a representative from Groupon told him they stopped honoring all deals that involved guns after getting pressure from anti-gun groups.
"I think that's a crying shame. This is a good program and this is a citizen's duty," he said.
In a statement emailed to FOX 4 the company said, "All scheduled and current gun-related deals featured on Groupon North America, including shooting ranges, concealed-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."
Gun owner Glen Goebel was appalled at Groupon's response. He can understand the company wanting to be cautious, but not canceling a CHL class.
"There is a specific amount of good that can come from educating the public on guns and professional gun training as well," he said.
Rainey isn't the only frustrated instructor. An Austin instructor set up a similar deal. Groupon pulled the plug after encouraging him to increase the deal because of high demand.
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