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Paypal online transaction systems discriminates against gun owners.

So long, Paypal.

from Angel Shamaya

June 25, 2001

The now famous Paypal system for transferring funds online with reduced risk of having your credit card number nabbed boasted over $2 Billion in transactions as recently as April of this year. They've been written up in such illustrious magazines and periodicals as Investor's Business Daily, PC Magazine, CNET, Time, Esquire, ZDNet, U.S. News, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the Washington Post, and many more including both the Associated Press and PBS broadcasting.

And now it's time to nuke them.

They've taken a stand against the free and full expression of the right to keep and bear arms, and they must die.

You can turn to the "Prohibited Goods and Services" section of their website and scroll down to where you'll find the following statements:


"Shopkeepers who sell firearms or explosives will be disqualified from listing in PayPal Shops. Any item that is designed to propel a metal (or similar) projectile is covered by this policy. Exceptions to this rule include collectible, curio & relic, and antique firearms, as well as archery supplies.

"Firearms-related items that are not permitted include silencers, converters (any item which can convert a firearm to have automatic capability), short barrels, and kits (any kit that can be used to create a firearm). High capacity magazines and ammunition with propellant cannot be listed. Blank ammunition is not allowed.

"There is Federal and state laws requiring that replica, "look alike" and imitation firearms have clear markings permanently affixed to the weapon. This law applies even to novelty items, such as cigarette lighters that are designed to look like firearms. All look-alike items of this nature listed by a PayPal Shopkeeper must comply with the law."

Okee dokie, Paypal. If you say so.

If you have a Paypal account and would like to cancel it, hop over to their contact page and do so: If you were thinking of setting up a Paypal account and are now reconsidering, let them know all about your position.  Then pass this message on, far and wide.

If you're not the letter writing type but are willing to use a pre-written letter, perhaps the following will assist you:

Dear Paypal,

I just found out about your policy of prohibiting the sales of constitutionally protect items (firearms) within your Paypal system -- proving yourself to be yet one more entity unworthy of my business, time, attention and money. Should you change your policy, feel free to let me know. Otherwise, you're in my rearview mirror permanently.

Please don't bother sending excuses. I have no ear for people who make it that much harder to exercise the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, whatever their unAmerican sub-justifications may be.




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