Credit Card Services Company Refuses to Allow Gun Sales

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, “Citi Merchant Services and First Data Corp. are refusing to process any credit card transactions between federally licensed firearms retailers, distributors and manufacturers, a move that will severely limit available inventory of firearms and ammunition to military, law enforcement and law-abiding Americans.”

Citi Merchant Services provides all the systems, technology and processing services for consumers to make credit-card purchases from Citi-affiliated merchants. The first company affected by the anti-firearms decision appeared to be CDNN Sports Inc. of Abilene, Texas, an internet retailer of firearms, parts and accessories.

“We were contacted recently by First Data/Citi Merchant Services by a June Rivera-Mantilla stating that we were terminated, and funds were being seized for selling firearms in a non-face-to-face transaction,” said Charlie Crawford, president of CDNN Sports Inc. “Although perfectly legal, we were also informed that no transactions would be processed in the future, even for nonfirearms. I find this very frightening.”

In her letter to Crawford, Rivera-Mantilla noted that violations of the federal Gun Control Act could occur through the internet sale of a firearm.

Though she did not claim that CDNN Sports had ever committed such a violation, she wrote that the company was being terminated as a customer because, “We at Citi Merchant Service are unable to monitor or track adherence to these Gun Control laws.”

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