By: Teresa Mull
Corporate gun control is a very real danger. David French, writing recently in National Review, declared it “…a threat that can choke off financing for the gun industry, stifle speech about guns, and lock the gun-rights community into offline (and small online) ghettos that restrict their ability to communicate.”
GPM, with the help of other pro-gun groups, has compiled a growing list of anti-gun businesses those who value their Second Amendment rights should boycott. You can also click here to sign a petition to boycott these companies.
This list will be updated as more companies move to restrict their customers’ rights to keep and bear arms.
Amazon Web Services
Amazon restricted user access to codeisfreespeech.com,, where users could access blueprints for making guns with a 3D printer.
Avis and Budget Car Rentals
Avis and Budget ended its participation in the NRA rewards program in March 2018.
Bank of America
Bank of America said in April it would stop financing manufacturers that make military-inspired firearms for civilians, such as AR-15s.
Buffalo Wild Wings
“In 2009, [Buffalo Wild Wings] announced a blanket no-gun policy at all of its locations,” ConservativeReview.com reports.
Citi Bank told its retail business partners to prohibit the sale of firearms to customers younger than 21 and to those who have not passed a background check.
In 2014, Chipotle asked that customers not bring guns into its restaurants because “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.”
Craiglist’s user policy prohibits weapons; firearms/guns and components; BB/pellet, stun, and spear guns; etc., ammunition, clips, cartridges, reloading materials, gunpowder, fireworks, and explosives.
Delta tweeted in February 2018 that it was ending the NRA’s contract for discounted rates and “requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website.”
Dick’s Sporting Goods/Field & Stream
The chain store enacted a new policy in 2018 that halted the sale of so-called “assault-style weapons” in their Field & Stream stores. The company announced it would destroy all the weapons pulled from its shelves. Dick’s CEO has since announced sales are down, and they may have to close the Field & Stream line of stores.
Enterprise Holdings (Alamo, Enterprise, and National)
Enterprise ended its discount program with the NRA amid the #BoycottNRA movement of 2018.
Facebook prohibits ads that “promote the sale or use of weapons, ammunition, or explosives. This includes ads for weapon modification accessories.”
FedEx ended the discount it offered NRA members shipping firearms after Gays Against Guns staged protests.
Hertz ended its discount program with the NRA amid pressure from gun control groups.
Kroger owns Fred Meyer stores, which no longer sell firearms to people under the age of 21.
Levi Strauss’s CEO announced in 2018 the iconic American denim company will be donating $1 million to Michael Bloomberg and gun control groups.
L.L. Bean no longer sells guns or ammo to people under the age of 21.
Reddit updated its policies to forbid “[soliciting] or [facilitating]” transactions involving firearms, including “gun sales, drug sales, prostitution, stolen goods, personal information, and counterfeit official documents.”
“The Seattle-based outdoor retailer said March 1  that it was halting future orders of some popular brands — including CamelBak water carriers, Giro helmets and Camp Chef stoves — whose parent company, Vista Outdoor, also makes assault-style rifles,” The Los Angeles Times reported.
Shopify changed its user policy to prohibit the sale of certain firearms and accessories. Retailers who use the platform say this move will likely cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Starbucks published an open letter in 2013 from its CEO asking patrons not to bring firearms into Starbucks stores or seating areas.
Target issued a statement in 2014 saying, “Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create. Starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.”
Twitter’s user policy says it “prohibits the promotion of weapons and weapon accessories globally.”
United has ended its partnership with the NRA.
Walmart raised the age for purchase of firearms and ammunition from 18 to 21 years old and removed “online items resembling assault-style rifles.”
"Unfortunately Waffle House has a history of being an anti-gun company. In an interview with Second Amendment Check, a member of Waffle House's corporate office said to them that the company did not agree with citizen's second amendment rights within their restaurants.
"'She told us they ban firearms in every location, except for law enforcement. She believes all locations are posted as gun free zones.'"
Wyndham Hotel Group
Wyndham ended its affiliation with the NRA amidst pressure from the gun control lobby.
YouTube curtailed content intending to sell firearms or provide instructions on firearm manufacturing.
Keep in mind…
Ryan Flugaur, Director of Federal Affairs at the National Association for Gun Rights, told Gunpowder Magazine to keep in mind:
Sometimes anti-gun businesses can be tricky to identify
o Sometimes corporate policy will ban guns, other times only local franchise owners choose to ban them, not the company as a whole.
o Sometimes state or local law will supersede corporate policy, placating a business or franchise owner as anti-gun even if they’re not.
o Sometimes these legal restrictions or company decisions only apply to open carry, not concealed carry, or only apply to restaurants (or portions thereof) that serve alcohol.
o Corporate policies can be very different for employees than they are for patrons.
o So can storage in a car parked on company property or possession in a company’s parking lot.
Potential consequences for violating these bans
o Depending on state and local law but violating one of these policies could result in either being asked to leave by the owner (trespassing at worse), or a serious criminal act resulting in arrest and prosecution on firearm charges.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.