America's gunowners are organising a boycott of Dell Computer, after the PC maker initially refused to sell a notebook to one of their number.
Jack Weigand, president of the American Pistolsmiths Guild and a gunsmith instructor for the National Rifle Association, posted a letter on his website that read: "I am writing this because I feel every Firearms owner should know this story."
According to Weigand, his 13 February telephone order for a Dell Inspiron notebook was automatically cancelled days later by Dell's export department because his company's name, Weigand Combat Handguns Inc., raised a red flag.
Specifically, the 'Combat' in the company name triggered the cancellation of the order.
When Weigand called Dell to ask why the order had been cancelled, he was told it was because he is involved in firearms and might be doing something illegal.
"I am sick and tired of people assuming just because we are involved with firearms that we are doing something illegal. I also do not believe Dell deserves our business if this is how they intend to treat us," the posting said.
Weigand added that he has had to ask people to "refrain from making personal attacks on Michael Dell", as he has received hundreds of emails that attack the company's chief executive.
"I know we are all passionate about our right to keep and bear arms, but please be as professional as possible," Weigand said in his posting.
Weigand did confirm that on 27 February a Dell representative, John Hood, contacted him and extended Dell's apologies for the incident.
Hood said Dell would review and possibly change the screening policies to prevent this from happening again.
According to Weigand, Dell offered to ship the machine he ordered at no charge, but he respectfully declined the offer.
The letter Weigand posted on his website has been sent to three online Firearms Forums.
Dell was not available to comment.
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