Today, Gun Owners of America (GOA) announced their complete opposition to plans by major credit card companies to re-categorize transactions made at firearms retailers into their own specialized business code. Anti-gun activists claim that this effort will help enforce existing laws against gun trafficking and other crimes, but based on historical treatment of the firearms industry by financial institutions and federal agencies, this system will only grow more intrusive and likely be abused.
Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued the following statement:
“This is just the latest attempt by anti-gun lunatic activists to pressure corporations into collecting their own business partners’ data in a way that threatens their privacy, as well as the privacy of the millions of customers who rely on these services for electronic transactions each year. Make no mistake, if the credit card companies were willing to so quickly cave on this demand, the mob will only demand more, leading us down a dark path where guns and ammo transactions, which are protected by the Second Amendment, are frequently halted and consistently flagged for the authorities.”
GOA spokesmen are available for interviews. Gun Owners of America is a nonprofit grassroots lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. GOA represents over two million members and activists. For more information, visit GOA’s Press Center.