Dell Computer

If your business is firearms, then you
can't be trusted.


This is a testimonial from a pistol smith whose computer order was canceled by Dell because of the name of his business, "Weigand Combat Handguns, Inc." Jack Weigand may be a TSRA member.

Some members are suggesting a boycott of Dell by gunowners which I favor.  I can beat the tom-tom on the web site and in the newsgroups. What I need is feedback from all of you regarding this incident.  I believe that this boycott will grow rapidly across the Internet.  Other pro-gun organizations will be promoting the boycott.  I believe that it would be good for our PR and result in gun owners joining TSRA.

Jim Nicholson

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I am writing this because I feel every Firearms owner should know this story.  I placed an order for a Dell notebook computer on February 13 on line with Dell.  I was given a tentative delivery date of February 21st.  I was watching the order through the Dell on line tracking system; I also opted for the automatic email notification of when the machine was to be shipped.  Well the 21st came and went, I am a Pistolsmith I know things can happen.  I made a phone call on the 25th, did a voice mail message for my salesman to get back to me and I was looking for the delivery date.  The 25th came and went with no callback.  On the 26th I placed another call this time to cancel the order.  After a few hours I got a call back, with this amazing reason for the delay.  It seems someone in Dell had already canceled my order, when I asked why I was told Dell was afraid I was going to use the machine for illegal purposes.  When I asked why someone would think that I was told it was because of the name of my business “Weigand Combat Handguns Inc.”  Because I am involved in firearms I might be doing something illegal.

Now keep in mind I was never called or informed of this decision the order was just canceled.  Many of you know me personally and know I run my business about as squeaky clean as possible.  In addition being the President of the American Pistolsmiths Guild I am under additional scrutiny as to how I run my business, if I am not clean how can I be the President of an organization that promotes just that!  I was informed by a Dell supervisor not long after all of this the reason I was refused was because of their post September 11th policy of screening buyers.

I would like to respectfully ask the firearms community to do the following.  If you intended to buy a Dell and because of this letter you do not, email Dell and let them know why.  Feel free to distribute this account to all you know in the Firearms community, I think they need to know.  I for one 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.

God Bless
Jack Weigand
American Pistolsmiths Guild Inc.


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