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Credit Card Processors and Banks Are the Newest Accomplices to Biden’s Anti-gun Agenda

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2022
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by Tammy Bruce
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The unserious people running this country fiddle as the United States burns with an economy in shambles and soaring crime rates, but make no mistake, the Biden administration has found something it is willing to work on: Taking complete control of our personal lives and obliterating our constitutional rights in order to do so.

The latest iteration of their obsession is a new end-run against the Second Amendment through the creation of a gun registry, which is prohibited by federal law, and ultimately complete gun control. How? An announcement by the credit card processor Visa revealed they will be adopting a new merchant code created by an international organization to track purchases at gun retailers. Currently, gun and ammunition purchases are listed generically under a code used for sporting goods stores in general, which includes gun retailers.  

The Democrats know they are limited by those pesky and irritating things called the Constitution and federal law, so they decided to hire the proverbial hit men to do their dirty work for them. Much like the revelation that the Biden administration colluded with Big Tech to censor and ban Americans on social media, in this case they want the credit card processors and the banks to be their agent and enforcer in making the Second Amendment a toothless novelty. Additionally, Fox News reports, Republicans have “filed a lawsuit against President Biden, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top administration officials alleging that they ‘pressured and colluded’ with Big Tech social media companies to censor and suppress information on the Hunter Biden laptop story, COVID-19 origins and security of voting by mail during the pandemic.” Now this sounds like more than a slightly familiar tactic.

Firearm consultants Orchid Advisors reports on how the push for the new firearms merchant code began just six months into Biden’s presidency: “The application was submitted to the International Standards Organization (ISO) in July 2021 by Amalgamated Bank, a New York-based financial institution with a mission as ‘America’s most socially responsible bank’ to ‘advance positive social change.’ […] Today, Amalgamated customers include the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Governors Association, as well as campaigns for President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.” The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action reports gun control groups and New York City Mayor Eric Adams were also involved and supported the action.

Some may want to hide the actual gun registry and control agenda being exposed, but Patricia Sims Brown, the CEO of Amalgamated Bank, said the quiet thing out loud earlier this month: “Everyone has a responsibility to do what they can to stop gun violence. As a bank, it is our right and responsibility to report the use of the financial system to fuel black market gun sales and sales associated with mass shootings,” reported the New York Post.

If you think all of this sounds familiar, you would be right. The Obama administration’s Department of Justice implemented “Operation Choke Point” pressured banks to cut off businesses not favored by the Democrats, like gun retailers and payday loan businesses under the guise of “rooting out fraud.” The Trump administration put an end to the atrocious practice when he became president in 2017.

The NRA explains this new merchant code (MCC) will also provide “a new tool to use in [the left’s] lawfare campaign against lawful businesses. The groups claim that they expect banks and payment processors to ‘flag’ so-called ‘suspicious’ transactions with the new MCC. Notably, no standards are given for what would be considered ‘suspicious.’” Moreover, “Anti-gun groups will almost certainly use the new flagging system to create liability for any banks or payment processors who do business with the firearm industry…”

There is some good new here. GOP star Elise Stefanik (R-NY) along with 100 other House Republicans are demanding answers from all the major credit card processors, including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. She asks if the companies intend the share gun sales records with the government and refers to credit card processors’ initial hesitation at implementing a new code specifically for firearms retailers, “It has been widely reported that American Express, Mastercard, and Visa did not support this application,” the Stefanik-led letter says. “Specifically, Visa recently stated that they ‘believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent.’ We could not agree more.”

“I am adamantly opposed to this attempt to track the information of law-abiding gun owners and am calling out this attempt to infringe on our Constitutional, Second Amendment rights… As Far Left gun grabbing politicians seek to further erode our Constitution, I’m working to ensure credit card companies are not aiding in their anti-Second Amendment agenda,” Stefanik told the New York Post.

Godspeed to Elise, but she will only have the power to follow through if the GOP takes the House in November. They also must take the Senate if we are to have any hope stopping the damage the Democrats are so intent on inflicting.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Wheres the 2A Groups legal teams on this?? NRA GOA etc CCW ??

pete
pete
1 year ago

The party who hates the Constitution because it restricts their agenda accuse the other party of threatening ‘democracy’. Again, liberalism is a mental disease.

Michael J
Michael J
1 year ago

Democrat infringement is the new norm and agenda in the lives of the American people.
It’s no wonder these vermin want to maintain control at any cost.
I’m curious about why these soft on crime vipers coddle real thugs, but treat the law-abiding as the real enemy of the state. Catch and release criminal justice while taking away every American’s right to defend ones-self is a dems slight of hand. Democrats have become a scourge to this nation and their actions are on display daily.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 year ago

If you are gonna buy a gun, pay cash for it. Not enough cash, ?? thjen save gfor it. No card ,no trace. New world Oder wants our guns ghone. Kyule L.

Ron Olszewski
Ron Olszewski
1 year ago

We need to seriously educate our younger generations who are being psychologically brainwashed into ALWAYS using that credit card or debit card TO START USING CASH ONLYr

PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

This story broke a few days ago and the new CC codes are designed to make tracking and identifying all gun owners in the United States by the government far easier. Now all the federal government will need to do is do a simple database search for these codes and they will know who is buying guns and ammunition, exactly what was purchased, quantities and location shipped to. No need to pass a so-called gun registry anymore, as this CC information will identify everyone over time.

J.Gorman
J.Gorman
1 year ago

This is NOT the first time these companies have jumped in bed with the government. During the Jan. 6th event inD.C. the Bank of America turned over to the FBI very credit card transaction by any B of A customer in the D.C. area during that time. Whether youn had anything do do with that event or were just an innocent tourist you were listed and your purchases were recorded in a law enforcement database. Just another betrayal by a Big Bank sucking up to the
FBI. No warrants issued, no probable cause just a wholesale scooping up of your information. I cancelled by Bank of America card and told them why. Same will now be done with VISA. Not very political but this is an outrage against the right to privacy and these Big Banks could care less about their customers whom they charge very high interest to just to utilize their rather overpriced credit cards. Now you must be aware of everything you purchase since anything can lead to an investigation of you based on what you bought.

Joseph
Joseph
1 year ago

Guess it’s a good thing I bought all my stuff when my great president Trump was still in office and things were at a 20 year low. So I’m old enough and have enough stuff where I will not need to make anymore purchases of that kind in my lifetime. God help me but I despise this leftist scum more and more every day. I know I repeat myself here but please people get out and vote in 2022 in large numbers to overcome the Rat fraud. We need the House and Senate. MAGA

joe mchugh
joe mchugh
1 year ago

Um, …………. Is it still legal to purchase a firearm with paper currency? I’m almost sure that cold cash is somewhat hard to trace.

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

The credit card companies are teaming up with Biden and the Dems to have total control of all purchases when the digital dollars, aka Biden bucks, go into effect.
breitbart.com/politics/2022/08/22/bidens-executive-order-a-direct-threat-to-the-dollar/

J. Farley
J. Farley
1 year ago

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is some shocking news, America is gone we lost it last election, and we are starting to hear every day on the News now that the Democrats are gaining Ground on the Republicans for the November Election. What I said over a month ago was the Republicans would shoot themselves in the foot, what’s worse is they are shooting themselves in both feet.
There is not enough of the conservative base left in the House and Senate to put up a good fight I won’t waste my time listing all the RINO’S we have but now Ernst, Graham, and cornhole from Texas has joined the old bunch of Weasel’s.
Here is my suggestion, pay cash for all your purchases of all gun related items, they can’t track cash, make friends with a person that handloads and help them load you some ammo.
We must be resourceful and fight back every way we can.
We don’t have enough people fighting for us, not the Republican’s, not the Courts, and in particular the Supreme Court, not the News Media, and more importantly not Enough of us are fighting back. But I will continue the fight because I have been free to long!

Bill
Bill
1 year ago

Laws mean absolutely nothing to Democrats when they conflict with their “Progressive” agenda. If they can’t change them through the vote, they’ll break them or find away around them. And laws certainly don’t apply to them. They ALWAYS know what is best for us. And yet their supporters are like sheep, following their old goat president to the slaughter house. The problem is that they drag us along.

Jeb
Jeb
1 year ago

Is it true that it doesn’t matter how you pay for the guns and ammunition because it rings up with specific numbers on the receipt, of which both buyer and seller have copies?

Charles
Charles
1 year ago

I believe J. Farley summed it up correctly & Bill is correct — STOP BEING SHEEP , WAKE UP- GET AMERICA GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION & GOD BLESS

Joanne4 justice.
Joanne4 justice.
1 year ago

The Socialist Communist NAZI party is at work! Sadly, Americans seem to tolerate this behavior.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year ago

Makes perfect liberal sense because all criminals are purchasing in the stores using credit cards why was that not thought of before instead of wasting all that time investigating and tracing

Mohave50
Mohave50
1 year ago

Not to rain on the gun grabbing hysteria, but here is a point to ponder. Gun bans, 2A violations and credit card companies flagging gun purchases are both bad and unconstitutional. We all know that.

What no one seems to realize is WHO these gun laws would affect. The serious gun owners already have guns. Some have a lot of guns. A LOT of those guns were handed down from family or were purchased at a gun show 20 years ago or bought from a friend or purchased at a garage sale or flea market. (Yes, in some places you can buy a gun at a garage sale or a flea market)

Millions of guns have been owned long enough that there is no paper trail. These proposed gun bans and registries only affect new gun owners who are coming late to the party. The people who already own guns know enough not to post gun photos on Facebook. The people who think they can make phony laws to ban guns believe they have enough National Guard troops and compliant county sheriff’s departments to ignore the Constitution confiscate every gun in this country. They are either fools or liars.

ops
ops
1 year ago

Every action by this corrupt admin is about centralized Government control of our lives.
When the Government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the Government, there is tyranny.
One proud veteran

Smili'in Jack
Smili'in Jack
1 year ago

The people are way smarter and know how to get around the government hack rules. The current government is illegal in itself and whatever you do to get around the blockage they put up is fair game. We no longer have a real government; we have an oligarchy of criminals who now rule us and hopefully not for much longer. It is us against them, they made it that way, not us. Vote them all out in November or we will find out what it was like to be a Jew in Nazi Germany from 1933 on.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
1 year ago

Take the Senate and House with enough to override a veto and enact legislation against it.

Nick
Nick
1 year ago

Credit card processors do wield far too much power. It’s worth listening to the podcast miniseries “Who Rules P*rn?” which explores all the ways that Visa and MasterCard have effectively censored the internet, preventing citizens from monetizing adult material that features menstruation in any way, including even discussing it! An adult performer can’t even *say* they’re on their period in a video.

Phyl
Phyl
1 year ago

A happy day in my life would be to see the left, the communist demoncrat party resolve into the trash heap of history. They are so irritating.

pkv
pkv
1 year ago

Perhaps a good time for the NRA and other Second Amendment groups to form their own prepaid debit card to counter this tracking sham by the globalists. Take 1% off the top for administrative and go from there. JMHO ????

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

What the credit card companies are doing is ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
They are Violating their own agreements on PRIVACY and Violating your 4th Amendment Rights.
Since they want to play games then Credit Card companies must RELEASE ALL INFORMATION on Credit Card charges of DICTATOR Beijing biden and administration, White House, Senators and Congress including BOTH
Personal and Government including ALL Government Agencies staring with DOJ and IRS.

jocko
jocko
1 year ago

ONLY ONE SURE AND PERMANENT WAY TO STOP THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, LYING, CHEATING, libs AND IT’S NOT THRU ELECTIONS……;.

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

An interesting side note, the letter composed by a group of Senators and members of Congress singled out a credit card issued by USAA as being used to buy $11,000 in firearms and supplies.
These elected officials did not identify any other banking institution in their letter. I guess they must be targeting Active Duty, Retired service members and their families as possible future gun violence actors. These elected officials continue the effort to whittle away at our second Amendment rights.

mytake
mytake
1 year ago

It seems the Dems are intent on starting a war. They are certainly trying to get the Republicans to cave in to something. Never give up when things look bleek. keep the Faith.

Big D
Big D
1 year ago

I’ll be buying all my weapons and ammo with cash.

Ruckweiler
Ruckweiler
1 year ago

Go to the bank, get cash, and defeat the purpose of this unofficial, though they got a wink and a nod from the government, firearms registry.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 year ago

Every time Democrats obtain power it seems less like a representative government and more like an occupation by enemy forces. If going from the best economy in 60 years to the worst in 50 isn’t a wake up in November better keep those guns close…

Miranda
Miranda
1 year ago

One more reason to take the Dems out this November.

election fraud
election fraud
1 year ago

Obama/Biden and their evil accomplices just like with the killer jabs will do everything they can to destroy America and the world to stop us from protecting ourselves!!! Get involved in voting these Democrats/Communists out!!! Sign up to be election officials to stop the cheating!!! The only way democrats win elections is by cheating/fraud!!! Is FREEDOM what you would like, then get involved-NOW!!! America and the world is at stake!!! Stopping the pipeline, electric vehicles, transgenderism, abortion, forcing the jab, illegal immigration, phony charges against Trump, student loan forgiveness, LGBTQ acceptance down our throats, are just some of the wickedness forced down our throats!!! All of these things the vast majority of Americans are against!!! But the wicked people in charge of the media, big companies, public schools and the democrat/communist party are forcing on law abiding tax paying patriotic citizens!!!

Rich
Rich
1 year ago

When the socialist globalists finally institute a one world system of payment, gun and ammunition sales will cease to exist, unless there is still a black market. As the fed’s tighten down on method of payment and tracking the sales, more and more of our freedoms are vanishing right before our eyes. Even if a person doesn’t like guns, what will the fed’s eliminate next? How about a car that runs on gasoline, etc., etc., etc. Think it through people, this government is out of control.

THOMAS
THOMAS
1 year ago

Joe Biden and his corrupt illegitimate administration are setting Americans up for total dependence on the government controlled by the COMMUNIST CHINESE. I’m sure that millions of Americans are aware of what’s happening and they’re still doing nothing proactive to save themselves and our Republic! If this keeps up BIG BROTHER will own each and every one of us. All the ingredients are there for the enslavement of the populace, enforced by the COMMUNIST CHINESE MILITARY! Think about it, Biden is trying to take away our guns, control who buys guns, weakening our ARMED FORCES, allowing the COMMUNIST CHINESE to buy lands close to our MILITARY BASES and destroying our economy! If we don’t act NOW, we’re sentencing our children and grandchildren to a miserable life or even death. It’s time to resist the TYRANNY AND TREASON that’s got a strangle hold on this government! Voting in the 2022 midterms will be a fruitless effort knowing that the DEMOCRATS are already scheming to cheat like they did in 2020. If you believe that the CORRUPT DEMOCRATS will surrender their power without one hell of a fight, you’re sadly mistaken! GOD BLESS WHAT’S LEFT OF AMERICA!

Creandawg
Creandawg
1 year ago

Hope is not an option. Retaking the house and senate is NO guarantee that anything will get done, the GOP has already proven that.
For the moment, until another payment processing system emerges, the workaround is CASH. Thinking about shredding my cards…”Let’s Go Brandon”.

Theresa Coughlin
Theresa Coughlin
1 year ago

contrary to the ridiculous claims coming out of the gun-control crowd in congress and the credit card companies, this latest infringement of our second amendment rights will do NOTHING to solve the problem of gun violence. If the people engaging in gun crimes want guns badly enough, they will find a way to get them, whether it’s through the black market, stealing guns from their rightful owners, or USING CASH OR CHECKS TO PAY FOR THEM! This is just another scam from the virtual signaling left to get people to think they are doing something.

Russ
Russ
1 year ago

We need to do some serious cleansing, there is no place in a constitutional republic for a socialist…PERIOD!

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

WAKE UP!
Every time the Weaselcrats get in office TAXES GO UP, NATIONAL SECURITY WEAKENED, and MORE FREEDOMS TAKEN AWAY and YOU ARE SPIED ON starting with Weaselcrats FDR to DICTATOR Beijing biden.

Garye
Garye
1 year ago

Boycott Visa, who do these appeasement agents for the marxist democrat party think they are???
Wake up America – ANY/ALL of these companies or corporations kissing the anti American politicians behinds MUST be boycotted!!
Step 2 – THROW THESE USELESS TRAITORS OUT OF OFFICE!

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
1 year ago

This dovetails with an earlier AMAC article. See Below.

Defeat The “Great Reset” To Save American Freedoms
https://amac.us/newsline/society/defeat-the-great-reset-to-save-american-freedoms/

Rand Paul the Dangers of a one world government
bing.com/videos/search?q=Rand+Paul+the+Dangers+of+a+one+world+government&view=detail&mid=B6CB58D068C7B7754A88B6CB58D068C7B7754A88&FORM=VIRE
The hyperlink for the above is moved frequently: just type the title into your search engine!

Great Reset
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Reset

youtube.com/watch?v=DpE5cBgl11U

Whats really behind the great reset
youtube.com/watch?v=SOS21GL8ZPY

Kim Iversen: Digital IDs To Be Rolled Out By Big Banks For WEF’s GREAT RESET Agenda
youtube.com/watch?v=9cqC-Ha9yrA

The Federal Reserve Needs to Destroy U.S. Dollar to Usher in Cashless System: Jekyll Island Author
youtube.com/watch?v=c4wX22R60a8

Whats really behind the great reset
youtube.com/watch?v=SOS21GL8ZPY

Rick
Rick
1 year ago

Anyone know of any alternatives to M/C, Visa and AMEX? Is Discover joining up with this garbage?

Moses
Moses
1 year ago

Mitch McConnnell has pulled 8 million dollars from republican candidates backed by Trump, Says he doesn’t want to have to deal with Trump republicans. If this is not a rino I don’t know what would be. Mitch needs to leave Washington sooner rather than later.

magpie618
magpie618
1 year ago

So Biden can have the IRS know everything you buy or deposit and pay taxes on, don’t be fooled. Credit cards are now keeping tract of any guns honest citzens purchase.

Barbara Frost
Barbara Frost
1 year ago

Any bank that makes use of the ESG (Environmental Social Governance) is one that I will NOT do business with. Leaving Bank of AMERICA and moving all my funds into a COMMUNITY BANK that does not bow down to any of this idiocy.

Bryan Park
Bryan Park
1 year ago

I’m reading this article months after its publication and just shaking my head at how misinformed it all is. For a start, Visa has no choice but to abide by the ISO’s new merchant code, as does MasterCard. These are international regulating bodies, and all credit cards operate within their protocols. Secondly, it’s not just Republicans who want answers. A whole bunch of Democrats are also demanding answers—the Visa CEO says he’s heard from everyone. Thirdly, does the writer NOT want the government to get Big Tech to dampen down some speech, like, say, porn or threats against GOP officials or pro-communist propaganda from Russia/China? I would think that’s part of its national security brief. Anyway, as a mature American, I’m too mature for this kind of poorly researched rabble rousing. Please free to insult me in bold, because I’m not coming back here.

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