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Groupon halts gun-related offers after Newtown tragedy

Roses with the faces of the Sandy Hook

Roses with the faces of the Sandy Hook Elementary School students and adults killed by a gunman are seen on a pole in Newtown, Conn. Students at the elementary school -- where a gunman massacred 26 children and teachers Dec. 14 -- returned to classes at an alternative campus described by police as "the safest school in America." (Jan. 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Groupon Inc., the largest provider of online daily deals in the U.S., halted gun-related offers amid nationwide debate about weapons sales following a school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

“The category is under review following recent consumer and merchant feedback,” Julie Mossler, a spokeswoman for Chicago-based Groupon, said by e-mail, without elaboration. The suspension covers areas including ranges and clay shooting, she said.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. last month halted sales of military-style rifles similar to the one used in the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School carnage, which resulted in the deaths of 26 pupils and staff members. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest seller of guns in the U.S., continues to offer the weapons at about 1,200 of its almost 4,000 stores.

The Groupon suspension was reported Sunday by the Los Angeles Times.

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