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Buy now, pay later makes it even easier to get your hands on a gun in US

US companies that offer instalment plans on firearms are a reminder of how accessible firearms have become

Max Reyes and Michael Tobin

If you visit the website for gun manufacturer Daniel Defense, the first thing you’ll see is a pop-up message offering condolences to the victims of a gunman who killed 21 people at a school in Uvalde, Texas. Of those killed, 19 were children. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic events in Texas,” it reads. “It is our understanding that the firearm used in the attack was manufactured by Daniel Defense. We will cooperate with all federal, state and local law enforcement authorities in their investigations. We will keep the families of the victims and the entire Uvalde community in our thoughts and prayers.”

If you scroll down and click on a panel promoting a financing option from the company, you’ll get a different message: “Enter to win $15K (R234,000) when you buy now, pay later with Credova,” with an explanation of how to enrol in the sweepstakes in three easy steps. 

The partnership with Credova, a Montana-based consumer finance company that offers instalment plans on firearms and goods tied to outdoor activities, is illustrative of how far-reaching so-called “buy now, pay later” programmes have become in retail sales. Credova says it did not finance the purchase by the killer in Uvalde. Daniel declined to comment...

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