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Canadian online-store provider Shopify, formally banned the sale of, “Certain Firearms and Certain Firearm Accessories” three days ago on the 13th of August VIA its AUP or Acceptable Use Policy definition page.
This all comes in the wake of massive information sharing companies passing sweeping policies to ban opinions that run contrary to their own.
Infowars host, Alex Jones, recently received a ban from Facebook and Youtube for his controversial political statements.
The massive online retailer failed to notify sellers in advance, and predictably earned the ire of many of these sellers. One such seller, is Spike’s Tactical General Manager, Cole LeLeux.
In a telephone interview with LeLeux, he explained, “Shopify emailed us at 9PM EST, Monday night stating they had updated their AUP.”
What this seemingly mundane email neglected to mention, was that this new AUP is basically a verbatim regurgitation of the California Assault Weapons Ban. The complete listing is as follows:
The definitions listed below (“AUP Definitions”) apply to Shopify’s Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”). Shopify reserves the right to update and change the AUP Definitions at any time.
“Materials” means any photo, image, video, graphic, written content, audio file, code, information, data or other content uploaded, collected, generated, stored, displayed, distributed, transmitted or exhibited on or in connection with your Account.
“Restricted Items” means:
- an automatic firearm that has not been rendered inoperable
- a semi-automatic firearm that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine, with one or more of the following items: