How do they determine whether a particular purchase is “suspicious”?
Doesn’t matter. Every purchase at a gun retailer will be considered suspicious.
Rep. Elise Stefanik and other Republicans say the new code would work around legal protections prohibiting firearm registries
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., along with 100 other Republicans sent letters to the CEOs of Mastercard, American Express and Visa pressuring them about their reported support for creating individual codes identifying firearm purchases. The members argue the plan opens a backdoor to an unofficial gun registry in the country.
House members are concerned about a move by the Internal Organization for Standardization creating a Merchant Category Code (MCC) that would identify when someone uses a credit card to purchase a firearm.
The move comes after New York State Attorney General Letitia James said that “credit card companies must now take the next step and flag suspicious transactions on gun and ammunition sales,” earlier this month.
By Max Thornberry