Twenty-four Republican attorneys general on Tuesday sent a letter to Visa, Mastercard and American Express warning them to abandon their plans to code and compile arms sales in America.
Breitbart News reported that credit card companies were under pressure from New York Democrats – including New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) – to recategorize gun sales so they can be reported .
On September 10, 2022, Visa bowed to pressure from Democrats and agreed to recategorize gun sales, giving them a special code so they stand out from other sporting goods or general merchandise purchases. .
Mastercard and American Express also capitulated to Democrat demands.
In a letter dated September 20, 2022 and addressed to the CEOs of Visa, Mastercard and American Express, 24 attorneys general stated in part:
The new code will not protect public safety. The categorization of the constitutional right to purchase firearms unfairly targets law-abiding traders and consumers. First, efforts to track and monitor sales at gun shops would only result in vague and misleading information. This categorization would not recognize the difference, for example, between buying a gun safe and buying a gun. It also would not capture gun purchases made at department stores, resulting in arbitrarily disparate treatment of merchants and consumers of “gun stores”.
More importantly, knowingly tracking this information can only result in its misuse, inadvertently or deliberately. Creating and tracking this data only matters if your institutions plan to use this information to take other harmful actions, such as invading consumer privacy, preventing constitutionally protected purchases by selectively restricting the use of your payment systems or preventing your financial services from being targeted. “disadvantaged” traders.
They ended the letter with these two paragraphs:
Social policy must be debated and determined within our political institutions. Americans are tired of seeing corporate influence used to advance political goals that cannot muster grassroots Democratic support. The Second Amendment is a fundamental right, but it is also a fundamental American value. Our financial institutions should stop lending their market power to those who want to attack this value.
Know that we will use the full extent of our legal authority to protect our citizens and consumers from unlawful attempts to infringe on their constitutional rights. Please keep this in mind when considering the adoption and implementation of this Merchant Category Code.
✅ 24 AGS TO CREDIT CARD GIANTS: Know that we will mobilize the full extent of our legal authority to protect our citizens and consumers from unlawful attempts to infringe upon their constitutional rights. »
— NRA (@NRA) September 20, 2022
The 24 attorneys general who signed the letter are: Jonathan Skrmetti (TN), Austin Knudsen (MT), Steve Marshall (AL), Daniel Cameron (KY), Treg R. Taylor (AK), Jeff Landry (LA), Mark Brnovich (AZ), Lynn Fitch (MS), Leslie Rutledge (AR), Eric Schmitt (MO), Ashley Moody (FL), Douglas J. Peterson (NE), Chris Carr (GA), John Formella (NH), Todd Rokita (IN), Dave Yost (OH), Derek Schmidt (KS), John M. O’Conner (OK), Jason Miyares (VA), Alan Wilson (SC), Bridget Hill (WY), Ken Paxton (TX) , Patrick Morrisey (WV) and Sean Reyes (UT).
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