I decided to accept payment for my new line of belts via PayPal. Since I have read a lot of anti-gun sentiments from eBay and PayPal, I wanted to go over the rules and make sure I was in full compliance in doing so. After searching the PayPal website to no avail, I wound up calling and speaking to a customer service representative. I asked about PayPal’s stance on funding gun-related transactions, and she helpfully emailed the policy. As I read over it, it confirmed that I could indeed receive payment for my belts, but not for my holsters.
I received a follow-up email today with a request to take a survey. The first two questions were very interesting. The first was how likely would I be to recommend PayPal to a friend, on a scale from one to ten, one being ‘Would never recommend PayPal’ and ten being ‘would recommend PayPal to everyone.’ I answered that one with a paltry score of six. The second question was a request for a written explanation of my first answer. They gave me 2000 characters. This was my response:
PayPal makes no secret of their anti-gun stance. I have firm convictions concerning our Second Amendment rights. If there was a service comparable to PayPal that did not display such an agenda against an individual’s God-given right to defend oneself, I would give it my business, and recommend it instead of PayPal. As it stands, PayPal’s sole competitor is Gpal, who has yet to show that they can be relied on for dependable electronic fund transfers. I seriously doubt that this is the first note to say as much.
I sell hand-made, leather, concealable gun holsters. I would love to use a service like PayPal to receive payment from my customers. However, here is part of PayPal’s prohibition according to the rules that were emailed to me:
“Firearm parts – Include, but are not limited to, receivers and frames, silencers, kits designed to convert a firearm to automatic firing capability, high capacity magazines, multi-burst trigger activators, and camouflaging firearm containers.”
A concealable holster is nothing if not a ‘camouflaging firearm container.’ Therefore I can sadly not use PayPal services for the vast majority of my monetary transfers. If it were otherwise, it would be far more convenient for my exclusively law-abiding customers as well as for me, it would likely accelerate my business growth and help to stimulate the economy in a small way. But, since PayPal has taken the attitude that they have towards law-abiding gun owners, I can only give a lukewarm recommendation to those I know, based solely on the convenience of transfers.
It would be a point of celebration for millions of Americans if PayPal would reverse this policy, and encourage the legal commerce of guns and gun parts. It would undoubtedly increase business for PayPal and improve their reputation among law-abiding U.S. citizens. I hope that you will consider messages like this, and consider supporting the U.S. constitution and the right to keep and bear arms. Thank you.
I doubt my voice will make much of a difference to PayPal, but if nobody speaks, the message will never get through.