A gun retailer in Fremont, Neb., received an apology from the national chain Staples after the office supply company rejected the gun store's contest entry last month.
As part of its apology, Boston-based Staples promised to change its policy that excludes gun retailers from entering its small-business contests.
The owners of Maple Creek Gunsmithing, Bill Jackson and Travis Vonseggern, had entered the Staples-sponsored contest “Push It Forward,” then two days later received an email from the chain saying the gun store was not eligible to participate because the business promoted the use of firearms.
The contest promised the winner a marketing campaign worth $50,000.
Jackson and Vonseggern, U.S. Army veterans who opened the store last July, said they were irritated by Staples' response.
“Once we received the email, we decided to put it out to our 400-some followers on Facebook,” Jackson said.
The Facebook post drew national attention and hundreds of angry comments directed at Staples.
Last week, a Staples representative called and said the company “had made a mistake” and was changing its policy, Jackson said Monday. Staples also posted a note on its Facebook page saying that.
Staples said it could not change the current contest rules, Jackson said, but going forth gun shops would be able to participate in future contests.