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Shopify bans merchants from selling certain firearms

August 15, 2018 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — Shopify, a platform used by more than 600,000 businesses to sell their goods, says it will no longer allow them to sell some firearms and parts.

The company said the policy change affects “a small number of merchants” but would not give a specific number.

Franklin Armory, a firearm maker and seller, says it was notified by Shopify late Monday. The company says it is looking for a Shopify replacement.

Shopify’s list of banned items includes automatic firearms, silencers used on semi-automatic firearms and other items. The Canadian company says it reviews and changes its rules “from time to time.”

Earlier this year, big retailers including Walmart and Dicks Sporting Goods changed their gun policies after a high school shooting in Florida in which 17 people were killed.