Tampa, Florida – Democrat Nikki Freed recently ceded power to Republican Wilton Simpson. Now Florida’s new Farm Commission is eyeing a new effort to track gun purchases by the financial industry.
Mr. Simspong said codes that banks attached to gun purchases should be banned. While his supporters claim it’s for tracking suspicious purchases, he said the code could be abused.
At a gun store in Titusville, Simpson said one of his first actions as state farm commissioner was to propose a Merchant Category Code (MCC) ban for gun and ammunition purchases. I said yes.
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“We have a fundamental constitutional right to bear arms,” Simpson said.
Last summer, an international standards body approved the creation of bank codes specifically for gun purchases. The goal is to help identify suspicious transactions instead of classifying every gun purchase as sporting goods.
The 28 lawmakers who urged American Express to start using the code said, “Since 2009, the United States has been hit by 279 mass shootings. used to finance the massacre,” he said.
Among other things, they said, “Pulse nightclub shooter racked up $26,000 in credit card charges for guns and ammunition 12 days ago.”
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“We can act to reduce the likelihood that criminals and terrorists can again kill dozens with guns,” Elizabeth Warren said in response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016. rice field.
But the Agriculture Commission argues gun-only MCCs could lead to intrusion tracking. His bill would impose heavy fines on credit card companies that use codes to buy guns in Florida.
“There are liberal elitists trying to track down gun owners and ammunition owners,” Simpson said.
Freed, a former Agriculture Commissioner, has often criticized the NRA. The NRA challenged state laws that preempted local gun control and called for expiring concealed-car licenses. Commissioner Simpson promises Florida’s approach will be noticed in new ways.
“Many other states will follow our lead when these bills are introduced in the next few days or weeks.”
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Each time the code is used, the bank can face fines of $10,000.
So far, Visa and Mastercard have suggested they don’t use codes, especially since some stores sell far more items than guns, making it difficult to identify what you’re buying. because of the nature.