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'Groupon' cancels all gun-related deals: Austin gun instructor calls for boycott

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For those who don't know, the immensely popular website "Groupon" provides you with the best deals in your city.

Michael Cargill is a local gun store owner and handgun instructor who we've told you about several times over the last couple of weeks.

He's been able to capitalize on all of the recent gun politics by offering a Groupon deal for discount concealed handgun license classes.

It was a hot-seller for him until Groupon pulled it Friday morning.

Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works in Austin has been offering Groupon deals for discounted concealed handgun license classes for some time.

But this week, his Tuesday through Saturday deal took an interesting turn.

"On Wednesday, after the President made his speech, the deal just went crazy and it looked like we were gonna max out," Cargill said.

So Cargill says Groupon called him and asked if he could raise the ceiling of the number of people they would let in on the deal, so he did.

And he says more than 1,000 Austinites latched on to it...that is until Friday morning when his deal disappeared from the website --and it was no accident.

"The Groupon representative calls me up and he says that 'Well, because of the CEO, he's decided to suspend all Groupon deals related to handguns, concealed handguns or anything dealing with guns period.'" Cargill said.

Groupon confirmed with FOX 7 in the following statement:

"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."

"It's as if people at Groupon equate anybody that believes in the Second Amendment with the armed monsters that occasionally make headlines and that's not the people that sit here in our concealed handgun license course," Cargill said.

Cargill was even more upset because his deal was supposed to run through Saturday.

He's contacted his attorney to see if there's anything he can do.

His Groupon contract does say the company can terminate a deal at any time, but with written notice, which Cargill says he never received.

"If we're able to sue, then I want to sue. But if I cannot do a lawsuit or a class action lawsuit against Groupon, what I am asking...I'm asking all Second Amendment lovers to boycott Groupon," Cargill said.

There were other Austin-area handgun class deals on Groupon earlier today but they have since been removed.

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