24 AGs Sign Letter to Visa about Gun Sales

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    Breitbart News reported firms that issued credit cards faced pressure by New York Democrats — including New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) -to change the way they classify gun sales to allow them to be identified as illegal.

    On September 10th, 2022 Visa accepted Democrat demands and agreed to reclassify gun sales, and gave them a specific code so they could be distinguished from other sports items or other general purchase of merchandise.

    Mastercard as well as American Express capitulated to Democrat demands, too.

    In a letter sent on the 20th of September, 2022, which was sent to chief executives of Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, 24 attorneys general stated in the following section:

    The new law will not safeguard the public's security. The constitutionally protected right to buy guns unfairly excludes retailers who are law abiding and consumers as well. The first step is to monitor and track the sales of gun stores which will just result in vague and inaccurate information. The categorizing process would not be able to recognize the differences, for example when buying a gun safe and a firearm. It also does not include purchases of firearms made in department stores, which results in an unjustly different treatment of “gun store” merchants and customers.

    Furthermore, the purposeful tracking of this data could lead to its misuse, whether unintentional or intentional. Making and tracking this information is only relevant if your organizations are thinking of using that data to carry out a further negative action, such as encroaching on consumer privacy, hindering purchases that are constitutionally protected by limiting the usage of payment systems or by excluding the services of your bank from “disfavored” merchants.

    The letter was concluded by quoting two paragraphs:

    Social policy must be discussed and decided in our institutions of political debate. Americans are sick of watching corporate leverage be used to promote political objectives that are unable to get fundamental democratic support. It's true that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right, but it's also an essential American value. Financial institutions must not lend their market ability to those who would like to undermine that value.

    Please be aware that we will use all the ramifications of our lawful authority in order to safeguard our consumers and citizens from illegal attempts to violate their rights under the Constitution. Keep this in mind while deciding whether you should proceed with the adoption and implement the Merchant Category Code.

    The 24 attorneys general that have 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) as well as Sean Reyes (UT).

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