According to Reuters, Discover Financial Services has joined a group of companies aiming to monitor gun and gun-related sales at firearm stores, with the program set to launch in April. The coalition includes Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, who have faced backlash from Second Amendment supporters for potential infringements on the right to bear arms. The move follows the approval by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) of a specialized merchant code designed to identify firearms stores that process credit and debit card transactions.
Beginning in April, Discover will begin to track gun purchases made with their cards.
This is a MASSIVE problem Congress needs to address, IMMEDIATELY!
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) March 2, 2023
As per the Daily Caller News Foundation, experts have expressed concerns over the new system, fearing that the merchant code could potentially lead to the unwarranted surveillance of innocent Americans if the government decides to coordinate with the companies. However, a Discover spokesperson has assured the DCNF that the company has no intention of tracking the purchases of firearms or sharing such information with any party. According to the spokesperson, the Merchant Category Codes are used to categorize stores and cannot provide specific details of purchased products. Additionally, these codes are commonly used by all major payment networks.
Discover Financial Will Begin Tracking Firearm Purchases In April https://t.co/2M0WBZrn9P
— US Burning (@UsBurning) March 3, 2023
The efforts by Discover, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express to monitor firearm sales are alarming, as they represent a clear assault on the Second Amendment and a violation of our right to bear arms. Additionally, the possibility that the government could leverage this information to conduct unwarranted surveillance on law-abiding citizens exercising their constitutional rights is equally worrisome.
The use of the new merchant code for firearms marks a departure from the previous categorization of firearms under “5999: Miscellaneous retail stores” or “5941: Sporting Goods Stores”. This shift is a transparent effort by these companies to single out gun owners and create additional hurdles for them in the purchase of firearms. Furthermore, the lack of a requirement to use this code raises concerns that it could be used to discriminate against gun owners in the future.
Florida officials have taken action in response to the initiative by introducing a bill that would bar financial institutions from gathering information on firearm and ammunition sales. This is a positive development, as it will safeguard gun owners from being singled out by these companies. It is essential that other states follow Florida’s lead and enact comparable laws to safeguard our Second Amendment rights.
It is clear that Discover Financial Services, along with Visa, Mastercard and American Express, are attempting to infringe on our Second Amendment rights by tracking firearm purchases. This is an unacceptable attack on our constitutional rights and must be stopped. It is important that we take action and fight back against these companies in order to protect our right to bear arms.
Source: The Daily Caller