NOT IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Credit Card Companies That Track Guns Will Be Punished in Florida

posted by Hannity Staff - 9.22.22

Credit card companies tracking gun purchases? Not in free Florida.

According to a report from The Daily Wire, Florida has fired back at credit card companies Visa, Mastercard, and American Express after the companies announced plans to categorize and track gun shop purchases.

“The credit card companies adopted…new Merchant Category Codes (MCCs) after they were set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO),” DW reports.

Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis says there will be consequences if they try it in FLA.

“The second amendment is foundational to our American way of life,” Patronis said. “The idea that law-abiding Americans would be put on some kind of corporate watchlist is disturbing. Our rights come from our Creator, not the government, and especially not big corporations. It is clear that the actions by these credit card companies are part of a larger effort to curtail God-given constitutional rights of Americans. It is also symptomatic of the virus known as ESG, which is part of a global effort to socially re-engineer the country that we love so much. There is no way we are going to allow that to happen in the free state of Florida.”

“If we come to the legislative session and companies like Visa, Mastercard and American Express are generating these reports to create a chilling effect against the purchase of firearms, then I’ll work with the Legislature to pass a law penalizing businesses who are targeting the right to bear arms,” he continued. “We’ve seen a groundbreaking ruling come out of the Fifth Circuit limiting corporations’ ability to curtail American’s constitutional rights, so we are on solid legal footing to pursue a bill protecting Floridians 2nd Amendment Rights. We can also take it a step further by barring these companies from doing any business with the State of Florida. We will send a message out to these large corporations that if you are interested in doing business with Florida, you need to make sure that you’re protecting Floridians right to arm and defend themselves.”

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is also sounding the alarm; he wrote a letter to the three card companies earlier this month.

“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,” Hawley tweeted with a copy of his letter to the credit card giants.

“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. I urge you to immediately reverse course,” Hawley wrote.

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