Trackable Gun Sales…Unless You Pay with Cash

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The U.S. is making it harder and harder for people to own guns. Since the Democrats can’t abolish the Second Amendment, they’re trying to intimidate Americans into not buying guns. Of course, that won’t work.

Still, if you bought a gun in the past, that was between you and the person selling you the gun. That’s not necessarily the case anymore. If you buy a gun using a credit card, the government will have a record that you bought the gun.

Reuters recently reported that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) voted in favor of merchant codes being created for firearm stores.

What this means is that when people use credit cards to purchase firearms, they can be tracked. And if purchases seem suspicious, they can be shared with law enforcement agencies.
The “merchant codes” are four-digit codes that will categorize retailers. In the past, gun purchases fell under “sporting good stores” or even “miscellaneous retail stores.” That will no longer be the case.

A number of Democrats are celebrating this new measure – including Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey.

There’s no telling how this will be beneficial. As it stands, there are many top-level credit card companies that won’t allow gun purchases – including PayPal, Square, and Stripe. And if credit card companies do allow the purchases, the interest may be particularly high.

As a result, many Americans are already using cash to pay for their guns. It eliminates the potential for high-interest rates or not allowing the transaction to go through at all. And now, there’s another benefit – it can’t be tracked.

Everytown for Gun Safety is an organization that is welcoming the ISO decision. John Feinblatt is the organization’s CEO and wants to see it be implemented. In a statement with The Guardian, he shared, “Today’s announcement is a critical first step towards giving banks and credit card companies the tools they need to recognize dangerous firearm purchasing trends – like a domestic extremist building up an arsenal – and report them to law enforcement.”

This is a laughable statement, though. It assumes that a “domestic extremist” doesn’t already have an arsenal – and that they would use credit cards to purchase their guns.

Most extremists (on either side of the political spectrum) and gang members will go through less obvious channels – including buying guns that are sold on the black market.

Still, there are plenty of people celebrating the ISO’s use of merchant codes. Amalgamated Bank is the one responsible for requesting the codes – and they like to think of themselves as a “Socially responsible bank.

The President and CEO of Amalgamated Bank, Priscilla Sims Brown, has said, “This action answers the call of millions of Americans who want safety from gun violence, and we are proud to have led the broad coalition of advocates, shareholders, and elected officials that achieved this historic outcome.”

The Democrats can celebrate this all they want, but it’s not going to keep the criminals from owning guns. Especially when you look at what Chicago has done recently to allow more criminals out without ever serving time, there’s no deterrent for committing crimes.

Those who want to buy guns will still buy guns – they’ll just use cash.

Though, it’s worth asking the question…Exactly what is the government going to do with all of the information they get with the ISO merchant code? So, what if we bought a gun? Perhaps this will make it easier if a liberal gets into office who really IS going to come for our guns…