Groupon spokesman Julie Mossler told Fox News their decision was based on “performance and customer feedback.”
“It’s clear they’re not a fit right now,” she said.
The Chicago company declined to comment further and did not mention the Newtown shootings in its reasoning.
The decision has prompted outrage among gun store owners and gun enthusiasts – many of whom are calling for a Groupon boycott.
Michael Cargill, who owns Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, is among those furious with the ban.
“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 told MyFox 8.
In the aftermath of President Obama’s speech on gun control, Cargill started running a Groupon deal for discount handgun license classes.
He told MyFox8 the classes the deal was so popular that Groupon called and asked him to increase the number of people allowed to take part in the deal.
By last Friday, more than 1,000 people had taken up the deal – until Groupon cancelled the offer.
“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 told the television station.
Cargill is so upset he’s calling for a boycott.
“I’m asking all Second Amendment lovers to boycott Groupon,” he said.