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It says the current gun debate has nothing to do with it

There's a lot of controversy surrounding the use of guns these days, and it's even starting to show in the retail sector as Square announces that gun retailers can't use its services. 

Square, the San Francisco-based mobile payment startup, has announced a change to its terms that says gun retailers cannot use its technology. The exact terms block sales of firearms, firearm hardware, ammunition and parts. It also forbids sales of weapons and "other devices designed to cause physical injury."

Square said its revised terms have nothing to do with the current gun debate.

“From time to time, we revisit our policies governing the use of Square to ensure they are in the best interests of our customers,” said a Square spokesman. 


Square isn't the first to snub guns. For instance, General Electric (GE) said it won't provide financing to gun retailers anymore. 

While many companies are looking to either take a stance on the gun debate or just be more sensitive about the topic in general, it seems odd that Square is choosing to block out guns. 

According to Southwick Associates, a research firm that studies the hunting and shooting industry, only about 30 percent of firearms are distributed to big retail chains like Wal-Mart while the other 70 percent are sent to smaller stores -- and Square aims to spread the use of its cash register-free mobile payment system in small stores like these. 

What do you think? Is Square's decision to axe gun retailers a good idea? 

Sources: Forbes, CNN Money



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RE: Odd Choice
By Mint on 5/15/2013 11:11:19 AM , Rating: -1
You gotta be kidding me.

You're comparing discrimination of people by race, gender, etc to discrimination of inanimate objects allowed in transaction using a company's payment system?


RE: Odd Choice
By Mathos on 5/15/2013 11:53:48 AM , Rating: 2
Actually it does indeed fall under unfair and discriminatory acts part of a lot of anti discrimination laws in business. It's like saying, sure you can use this device to sell marijuana in cali, porn, head shop goods, alcohol, tobacco, or anything else possibly harmful to people.

But you can't sell anything gun or remotely firearms related.... Companies don't have the right to do that, it'd be the same as abercrombie and fitch stores blocking a person from entering their stores, because they don't fit the type of customer they want.


RE: Odd Choice
By Donkey2008 on 5/15/2013 5:20:53 PM , Rating: 1
No, it's more like a payment processing company refusing to allow A&F to use their services because A&F caters to homosexuals, which the owners of the payment company find morally despicable.


RE: Odd Choice
By 91TTZ on 5/16/2013 4:17:35 PM , Rating: 1
The part you're overlooking is that guns are Constitutionally protected.


RE: Odd Choice
By rs2 on 5/16/2013 7:16:50 PM , Rating: 2
What's your point? Gun ownership is Constitutionally protected. The right to sell guns using any specific third-party transaction processing service is not.


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