GOP attorneys general ask credit card companies to rescind new gun purchase code

September 20, 2022

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Nearly two dozen Republican attorneys general are pushing back against a plan by major credit card companies to add a new code to categorize gun sales, saying it would do more harm than good.

The policy change from Visa, Mastercard and American Express was celebrated by gun control activists last week as a way to flag suspicious sales, but attorneys general say it misses the mark on security public and targets gun owners, the wall street journal reported Tuesday.

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Semi-automatic handguns are displayed at Duke’s Sport Shop, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New Castle, Pa.

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“The categorization of the constitutionally protected right to purchase firearms unfairly targets law-abiding merchants and consumers,” attorneys general from 23 states wrote in a letter to the credit card companies.

Gun control advocates have urged the financial industry to play its part in helping curb mass shootings.

Gun rights groups have argued that the new code system punishes gun buyers and violates their Second Amendment rights.

Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti and Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen are leading the campaign to get the credit card companies to back down.

“We will mobilize the full extent of our legal authority to protect our citizens and consumers from unlawful attempts to infringe on their constitutional rights,” their letter read.

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Visa, Mastercard and American Express said the new codes would not infringe on anyone’s freedoms and said they would not block any purchases based strictly on the type of merchant code attached.