‘​Shopify’ Targets Gun Companies With Crippling Ban, CEO Quietly ‘Amends’ Free Speech Stance

Thursday, August 16, 2018
By Paul Martin

August 16, 2018

Shopify has reversed course on their commitment to free speech, effectively implementing a commercial de-platforming of gun companies

on their site. Landing a gut-punch to free speech and the Second Amendment, the massive Canada-based commerce platform serving some 600,000-plus merchants abruptly shifted policy to include bans on dozens of guns and gun-related products, including DIY kits and gun blueprints.

Shopify revised their Acceptable Use Policy on Monday to include a sales embargo on certain semi-automatic firearms, unfinished lower receivers, unserializedfirearms, magazines capable of accepting more than 10 rounds, and many more products (view the list, here).

In a press release to The Daily Wire, Florida-based gun manufacturer Spike’s Tactical said “the new rules will essentially shut down the sale of guns, gun parts and accessories over the internet by retailers who use Shopify.”

“This decision will have significant ramifications to our business and should concern every online retailer and Second Amendment supporter,” warned Spike’s Tactical GM Cole Leleux.

The company conducts millions of dollars in sales via the platform annually. “We have invested more than $100,000 in the development of our Shopify store, which will disappear once these policies go into effect,” Leleux said.

Texas-based Rare Breed Firearms was also hit by Shopify’s new dubious policy shift. “We have spent the last three years developing the Rare Breed brand and more than $40,000 developing our Shopify site,” said company president Lawrence DeMonico.

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