Florida officials introduce bill to ban credit card companies from tracking firearm, ammo purchases
· Jan 13, 2023 · NottheBee.com

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson, state Sen. Danny Burgess, and state Rep. John Snyder introduced the Florida Arms and Ammo Act on Tuesday. The bill would "prohibit the collection of Floridians' financial data from firearm and ammunition purchases."

"This bill prohibits the use of MCC code, which is a merchant code identifying guns and ammunition, and fines credit card companies up to $10,000 per incident," Simpson said.

In September, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) created a new Merchant Category Code (MCC) that identifies firearm and ammunition sales. Credit card companies such as American Express, Mastercard, and Visa reportedly said they plan to adopt the code.

"The ‘Florida Arms and Ammo Act' draws a line in the sand and tells multi-national progressive financial institutions, and their allies in Washington, that they cannot covertly create a backdoor firearm registry of Floridians – or else," Simpson said.

The Florida Arms and Ammo Act is a "first-in-the-nation policy proposal," according to the press release.

"We are all blessed to live in the free state of Florida where our Second Amendment rights are valued and protected, but Democrats in Washington continue to try to chip away at these rights – and we must stay vigilant," Simpson said.

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