Today’s Groupon email for Hartford County includes a jarring surprise along with the usual photos of pizza, jewelry and beautiful women in spas — a silver handgun in a holster.
No, the weapon isn’t for sale; Groupon won’t do that. It’s an offer, launched Tuesday, for the 4-hour class that’s required for the holder to get a Utah concealed weapon permit. The permit is recognized in 34 states, Connecticut not among them, so local buyers will still need a Connecticut license with a separate safety course.
Michael J. Capozziello of CtGunPermit.com in Monroe is the second certified firearms trainer in the nation to post a Groupon ad for the Utah course. Six months ago he asked Groupon if he could advertise the class, and the company refused, he told me. Then Groupon allowed a company in Seattle did it, and Capozziello had his shot.
The offer is $75 for a class he said normally goes for $155, including fingerprints and ID photo.
Some folks interviewed by a TV station in Seattle were bothered by the ad. “Lattes don’t kill people, guns do,” one person said in the report. But it sold 2,000 classes, and it’s hard to see how people taking a gun safety class make the world a less safe place — as long as strict gun-control laws are in force.
Capozziello, who borrowed the Seattle firm’s photo for his ad, would love to exceed that 2,000 sales figure. He sold 800 Connecticut permit classes through Groupon in August. The exposure might have helped his business beyond the discount classes, he said.
“Maybe they were thinking about it but didn’t pull the trigger,” he said, winning The Haar Report’s metaphor of the month award.
Obama’s re-election should also be good for business, Capozziello said, since the president could tighten gun law enforcement even without Congress.
“The old saying is, he’s the best salesman for guns,” Capozziello said.
So, did he vote for Obama? “I put my country ahead of money.”