D.C. Councilman Asks LivingSocial to Drop ‘Drink and Shoot’ Deals

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A D.C. councilmember is asking LivingSocial to put an end to its deals that involve both alcohol and firearms because they “send the wrong message” about “responsible gun use and ownership.”

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson sent a letter to LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy earlier this month asking the D.C.-based company to drop its “drink and shoot” deals.

“Marketing gun use with alcohol consumption is corrosive to the notion of responsible gun use and ownership,” Mendelson writes in his July 17 letter.

Related: Read the Letter Mendelson Sent to LivingSocial

“While there are benefits to educating those who would own guns to the safe and proper use of firearms, pairing an educational program with drinking dilutes if not dissolves the potential benefits.”

LivingSocial says it only allows people to drink after shooting and not before or during. The company also has policies in place that turn away anyone who is visibly intoxicated and require all participants to sign a form certifying their sobriety.

Mendelson compares shooting guns and drinking to D.C.’s ban on selling alcohol at gas stations.

“It is not in the public interest to associate the two,” Mendelson writes.

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