Blowback to Visa, Mastercard, AmEx giving new merchandise category code to gun store purchases
This indeed is chilling news, and could lay the foundation for a 'social credit' scheme as is found in a particular large nation in Asia. If a purchase of this sort can be flagged, then why not tobacco sales, or purchases from liquor stores? Cash is(and will be) king, it seems. Thanks for sharing the news.
In my opinion, a back door registry between the credit card companies and the federal government is another step towards an all powerful authoritarian government. Firearms are already purchased with a state police background check. So, what is this new list supposed to be in this never ending march to Erase our individual freedoms?
These tin-pot authoritarians think that people who want to purchase a firearm won't find a way to do so? I'm pretty content with my collection right now, although I would like a 9mm. And an M1 Garand. And maybe one or two others. But that's it. And when that time comes, I'll probably pay in cash from now on.
I have used points on my Bass Pro card for ammo, not anymore. There is a push to do away with cash completely. This is one reason why. There are many reasons why. Digital currency is trackable and controllable. Government knows every deposit every expense and purchase. No more kids mowing lawns and not paying taxes, no more selling an old couch and not paying a tax. In digital currency what is given to you can easily be taken away. Doing away with cash is the biggest crime ever against a country.
I have not used credit cards for a long time and I no longer use credit. However, knowing that some of my purchases via debit card are categorized in any way whatsoever, I have no issue with going to my credit union and withdrawing cash. The Tellers are friendly and they do not ask questions. Whatever sporting goods I obtain I can go to Cabela's or Bass Pro brick and mortar if I need to. I will just exercise extra caution. After all, there are other things besides firearms that I do not want tracked when I buy something.
A shocking story is Ruby Ridge, a 14 yr old boy shot in the back and a mother shot while holding her baby all for the length of a shotgun barrel that later was proved legal.
Cash always has been King!
Definitely going to make changes to future purchases. However, gun owners are already on Federal lists and illegal "secret registries". They get the information by hook or by crook. Decades ago I was visited by an FBI agent for purchasing a threaded barrel for my Makarov. The company that made them turned over their client list to the FBI after a DA was murdered and FBI determined through ballistic analysis that one of these barrels had been used. Then the FBI visited EVERY purchaser and threatened them with a grand jury subpoena if they did not relinquish the item for forensic testing. Took me years to get it back. Also held a C&R license for a while, there's another list. NRA member, another list. Stamp collector, another list. That's just what I know first hand. If you post on social media supporting 2A another list. Wrote an email mentioning guns, another list. I really don't expect changing our purchasing practices at this point makes any difference. But you can bet the FBI is focusing ZERO resources on tracking real violent criminals or knocking on THEIR doors to take a look at their guns.
I always try to pay with cash. My wifey and I let each other keep squirrel funds for purchases we want, not necessarily need.
I use my squirrel cash to try to negotiate discounts, to offset card processing fees. Works, sometimes, at local arms dealers.
Am hoping ATM fees for customers and merchants can be negotiated to offset each other, when installed in stores. Would kinda suck if fees were inflated for having a handy ATM.
I’m thinking this will increase the demand for a new credit card processor that doesn’t do this. More reason for continued building of the parallel economy. Would also like to see some of the states like Florida and Texas put up some sort of barriers to this. So frustrating.
How about using your credit card to buy gift cards? Then use the gift cards to buy the “necessities.”
Some of the big online retailers like midwayusa and brownells sell h more than guns and ammo. If I buy hunting boots from them, am I on the bad guy list?
Using cash is not a deterrent for many firearm buyers, but sadly for some they must "finance" via a CC purchase.
I'm not chastising them only recognizing this. I am not the only one that recognizes this fact. Of the seven locations I or immediate family have purchased firearms in last several years, six of them offer layaway purchase options. I think more private, "Mom & Pop" gun stores will follow.
Hi Emily !
I commented on your YouTube video TWICE today, the one with "Cash is King". One comment was about the video you posted and my other comment was about the lighting and how "White Balance" would affect the total colors of your video, if the White Balance was not correct.
I just dropped by the YouTube page with your video from today, Sep 19, 2022, and neither of my comments appear. GONE. VANISHED ! Looks to me like YouTube is even censoring people that they disagree with, even in trying to help you improve your videos.
Here's the video link on "Understanding White Balance".
And here's a link on how you can improve your video's.
Big Tech is still BIG and UGLY and CENSORING !