Drop Plans for Tracking Gun Sales

Twenty-four Republican attorneys general on Tuesday sent a letter to Visa, Mastercard and American Express warning them to drop plans to code and collate gun sales in America.

Breitbart News reported that credit card companies have been pressured by New York Democrats — including New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) — to recategorize gun sales so they can be labeled.

On September 10, 2022, Visa yielded to pressure from Democrats and agreed to recategorize gun sales and give them a special code to differentiate them from other sporting goods or general merchandise purchases.

Mastercard and American Express also capitulated to the demands of the Democrats.

In a September 20, 2022 letter to the CEOs of Visa, Mastercard and American Express, 24 attorneys general said, in part:

The new code will not protect public safety. The categorization of the constitutionally protected right to purchase firearms unjustly singles out law-abiding dealers and consumers alike. First, efforts to track and monitor sales at gun shops would yield only vague and misleading information. This categorization would not tell the difference between buying a gun safe and buying a firearm, for example. Nor would it capture firearms purchases made in department stores, leading to arbitrary differential treatment of dealers and consumers in “gun shops”.

More importantly, targeting this information can only lead to its misuse, either unintentionally or intentionally. Creating and tracking this data only matters if your institutions are considering using this information to take other harmful actions — like violating consumer privacy, preventing constitutionally protected purchases by selectively restricting the use of your payment systems, or otherwise withholding your financial services from “disadvantaged” merchants.

They closed the letter with these two paragraphs:

Social policy should be discussed and defined within our political institutions. Americans are tired of seeing corporations use their leverage to advance political goals that cannot find basic democratic support. The Second Amendment is a fundamental right, but also a fundamental American value. Our financial institutions should stop lending their market power to those who want to attack this value.

Be advised that we will use the fullest extent of our legal powers to protect our citizens and consumers from unlawful attempts to undermine their constitutional rights. Please keep this in mind when considering whether to proceed with the adoption and implementation of this merchant category code.

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).

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter with a focus on on all Things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is a Political Analyst for Armed American Radio and Ambassador for Turning Point USA. AWR Hawkins holds a PhD in Military History with a focus on the Vietnam War (Brownwater Navy), US Navy since the beginning, Civil War and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up for Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

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