Popular office supply chain Staples recently rejected the contest application of a Nebraska gun store because the company’s application “promoted firearms and/or weapons.”
Maple Creek Gunsmithing, a store owned by Travis Vonseggern and Bill Jackson, had recently entered Staples’ PUSH It Forward Contest – a contest which offered small companies a chance to win cash to benefit online marketing.
But instead of winning cash from the office supply chain, the owners got the following email message:
“We’re sorry, but your small business entry into the Staples PUSH It Forward Contest has been rejected for the following reason(s):
Entry contains content that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message; is obscene or offensive; or endorses any form of hate or hate group.
Please visit the Staples PUSH It Forward Contest if you wish to submit a new entry for your small business.”
Following the rejection letter, Vonseggern and Jackson – who are both Army veterans – put calls out to the community encouraging supporters to avoid doing any future business with Staples.
“They went as far to say that they lump us in with illegal drug use. Wow we spent a ton of money with them and this is the support we get,” a Facebook post for the Nebraska gun store reads. “We are never spending a dime in that store again and would encourage you to do the same.”
According to a report of the incident by Fox News, Staples confirmed its policy not to reward firearms companies.