Georgia: Credit Card Privacy Bill, Hearing Thursday, February 8

On Thursday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m., in room 406, the House Banks and Banking Committee is holding a hearing on House Bill 1018, a bill to protect the credit card privacy rights of sportsmen.

Gun control extremists are using every possible avenue to disarm law-abiding sportsmen and gun owners, including how to uncover personal identifying information on who owns firearms in America. The latest tactic on this front is to track credit card purchases of firearms and ammunition.  Gun control fanatics like New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Rob Bonta are looking forward to embracing this new “tool” so they can focus their efforts on legal purchasers of firearms and ammunition in their ongoing quest to destroy our firearms freedom.

In September of 2022, the International Organizations for Standardization (ISO) approved the creation of a new merchant category code (MCC) for firearm retailers to use when their customers use a credit card to purchase firearms and ammunition. Credit card companies have always used merchant codes, but previous codes were general with firearm store sales listed as general merchandise or sporting goods. The new codes are specific to firearms and ammunition. The big credit card companies like American Express, Mastercard, and Visa have already decided to pause the implementation of MCCs.

Pro-gun legislators in several states have already introduced and passed legislation on the topic and now it is Georgia’s turn.  HB 1018 prohibits a financial entity from using a firearms merchant category code to distinguish a firearms retailer from other retailers and prohibits persons or government entities from keeping registries of firearms or owners of firearms.

Please use our Take Action button to email the members of the committee urging them to protect the Peach State’s sportsmen and SUPPORT HB 1018.


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