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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 rs2 on 5/16/2013 8:56:18 AM , Rating: 2
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Where's teh difference in these two scenarios?


There isn't one.

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Personally I believe Square and the flower shop should be free to follow their respective guidlines wether they are religious based or not.


Yes, exactly.

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A flower shop in Washington is getting dragged thru the courts bc she doesnt want to provide services for a gay wedding.


The thing is, pretty much anyone can drag anyone else to court. It doesn't prove that their claims have merit, in and of itself.

If there's a ruling made against the flower shop, that would be something. But until there is, it doesn't say anything either way.

For all we know the flower shop will win the case.


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