Recent news reports said New York City Democrats had harassed credit card companies to create a new gun and ammo sale code. Previously, firearms were classified under the broader category of “general merchandise” or “sporting goods”. But with the new firearm-specific code, officials could track private purchases of guns and firearms. This led to concerns that the federal government was creating a master list of gun owners across the country.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined 19 other attorney generals in alerting chief executive officers of the big three credit card companies that creating the Merchant Category Code to process firearms purchases may violate consumer protection and antitrust laws.
“It is extremely disappointing to see credit card companies give in to pressure from international bodies and take this action, which will do nothing to improve public safety,” said Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen. “Instead, it invites potential future invasions of consumer privacy and further coordination between businesses and government agencies to undermine the fundamental right of Americans to own and bear arms.”
“Press releases from officials make it clear that the new Commerce Code was prepared and passed in collaboration with various state actors, which may add to the potential for civil and criminal liability for conspiracy to deprive Americans of their civil rights,” Attorney General Landry wrote the coalition. “Social policy should be discussed and decided 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.”
Joining in his writing were attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming, and West Virginia, Landry explained:
Monitoring and tracking firearms purchases creates a “gun buyers list” and poses an obvious risk of law-abiding consumer information being obtained and misused by those who oppose the exercise of Americans’ second amendment rights.
You can read Landry’s entire letter at agjefflandry.com/Article/13070.
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