Fox Business reported earlier this month that major credit cards have adopted a new sales code for gun sales. According to Tucker Carlson, that will make a gun ban easier to enforce.
“They were told to do it by a politician”
“If you wanted to ban guns, not just assault rifles or ghost guns, bump stocks, all guns, you want to ban guns, you want to disarm the population, the first thing you would do is track the purchase of guns,” the Daily Caller quoted Carlson as saying on
“So Visa, the largest payment processor in the world has announced it’s going to track your gun purchases,” he continued.
“They’ve established a new merchandise category gun for gun and ammunition retailers. Not just guns, ammo, too. Mastercard and AmEx announced similar plans,” the Fox News host explained.
“They’re all doing it because they were told to do it by a politician, which shouldn’t be allowed, but it is, and that politician is Elizabeth Warren, who is flat-out unbalanced,” Carlson asserted.
“We’ve shown you the videos. Warren sent those companies a letter this month. The letter says the goal of tracking purchases is to prevent mass shootings and terrorism.”
On September 1, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined with a group of other Democratic lawmakers in sending a letter to American Express CEO Stephen Squeri.
In it, the Democrats demanded that American Express “support the creation of a new merchant category code (MCC) for gun and ammunition retail outlets.”
They argued that doing so “would be an important step towards ending financial system support for gun trafficking, gun violence, and domestic terrorism.”
Sen. Josh Hawley: “This new system is ripe for abuse”
In response, Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley sent a letter of his own to Squeri along with the CEOs of Mastercard and Visa.
The big three credit card companies say they will start tracking gun purchases, making it easier to track gun owners – and to stop sales. Big threat to Second Amendment rights. I want to know from the corporations why they capitulated to the anti-2A lobby pic.twitter.com/lr9tdQPlZj
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) September 13, 2022
“This new system is ripe for abuse and brings to mind similar policies of Big Tech companies and payment processors that have targeted law-abiding Americans for engaging in constitutionally protected activities,” Hawley wrote.