Eventbrite Tells Hunting Group Listing Gun Raffles on Event Violates Rules

SCI San Diego received an email announcing their event was unpublished for violating Community Guidelines.

A Safari Club International chapter based in San Diego, California, was recently contacted by Eventbrite over possibly violating their Community Guidelines for advertising gun raffles at their upcoming banquet. The company said listing raffles for guns is not permitted as of April 3, 2018. Their updated Community Guidelines on guns, and by extension gun raffles, reads:

Eventbrite may not be used to facilitate harmful or criminal activity of any kind. You may not create or promote events on the Eventbrite Services that constitute or promote any of the following, as determined by Eventbrite:

Sale, distribution or unlawful use of (i) firearms, firearm parts or hardware, and ammunition; or (ii) weapons and other devices designed to cause physical injury,

The Eventbrite page for the chapter’s upcoming 39th Annual San Diego SCI Auction/Fundraiser was unpublished for not abiding by Community Guidelines. The email warned them that any future listing of gun raffles could get their account banned if they were to advertise it again in the future. The full email explaining their decision can be found below:

Eventbrite updated their Community Guidelines on April 3rd, 2018, to suggest guns for raffle or sale fit into their “Don’ts” category:

Don’ts

You may not use Eventbrite to post content or engage in any conduct that is (in our sole evaluation) offensive, harmful, or inappropriate for general audiences, or that we believe constitutes or is likely to encourage or promote any harmful, violent, or illegal activity or outcome. Below, you will find more information about the types of activities, events, and content that are not permitted on or through the Eventbrite Services.

1. Don’t Promote Illegal or Inappropriate Activities

Eventbrite may not be used to facilitate harmful or criminal activity of any kind. You may not create or promote events on the Eventbrite Services that constitute or promote any of the following, as determined by Eventbrite:

• Explicit sexual activity (including escort services), or pornography,

• Illegal gambling activity (whether illegal under any U.S. federal or state law, or non-U.S. law),

• Sale or ingestion of illegal drugs, other illegal substances, or nutraceuticals,

• Cannabis, cannabis samples or cannabis-infused products provided for free, for purchase by the Organizer, or as part of the ticket price, attendee sharing of cannabis, or dispensary tours,

• Activities that principally promote any other commercial product or service, such as an “infomercial,” unless such promotion is expressly indicated to users in a legally sufficient way, such as through a prominent “Advertisement” disclosure,

• Unauthorized multi-level marketing businesses,

• Credit repair services,

• Activities that demean, harass, intimidate, threaten or express hatred toward any societal group, whether based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status,

Sale, distribution or unlawful use of (i) firearms, firearm parts or hardware, and ammunition; or (ii) weapons and other devices designed to cause physical injury,or

• Terrorist activity or organized criminal activity.

This isn’t the first episode by corporations forbidding gun raffles or gun sales. Credit card companies have been mulling the prohibition of gun sales in recent years. In March, the California state legislature was mulling a bill banning gun raffles benefitting nonprofit organizations, but the bill failed to pass. Back in August, Shopify banned the sale of guns and gun accessories on their portal.

If this prohibition becomes a trend, curious minds wonder if alternatives will be started to accommodate law-abiding gun owners and hunters.

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Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman is a media strategist based in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. She has written for The Resurgent since March 2016 and serves as their D.C. Correspondent.

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