Software provider Salesforce they would no longer do business with those who legally sell certain firearms or ammunition magazines. Salesforce is worth $120 billion.
The company recently updated its Acceptable Use and External Facing Services Policy that bans anyone who using their software from selling almost all semiautomatic rifles and other semiautomatic firearms. The policy also places restrictions on the type of firearms and firearm accessories that can’t be sold using the company’s software. For example, the company outlines that the following features: “thumbhole stock, folding or telescoping stock, grenade launcher or flare launcher, flash or sound suppressor, forward pistol grip, pistol grip (in the case of a rifle) or second pistol grip (in the case of a pistol), barrel shroud,” cannot be sold using their software. Ammunition magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds are also banned from being sold.
Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff is a known gun control activist who donated a million dollars to March for Our Lives last year and called for a ban on AR-15s.
Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Alan Gottlieb made a statement,
“This is outrageous. Here are companies selling perfectly legal products according to the requirements of federal law, and just because those products happen to be a certain class of firearms and accessories, the companies are essentially facing being black-balled. Our friends at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, an industry umbrella group, rightly call this ‘corporate policy virtue signaling. Some people may think this is a great idea, but if it is allowed now because the targeted product is a particular type of firearm, what’s to prevent this or another company from deciding sometime in the future to essentially blacklist another product it doesn’t like? Suddenly, we’re not talking about an affront to the Second Amendment and millions of law-abiding firearms owners, we’re talking about possible restraint of trade. When social justice warriors become corporate bullies, maybe it’s time for Congress to step in and provide some adult supervision. We’re disturbed by this report, and we hope the software company takes a deep breath and rethinks this idea. Denying an essential service to a company because it sells some products that may be offensive to some people should be setting off alarms throughout corporate America. Your business may not be affected today, but there are a lot of tomorrows over the horizon, and this sort of thing can become insidious really fast.”