They just never stop

| December 8, 2022

Y’all may remember several years back when Operation Chokepoint came to light. No? To refresh:

federal regulators – including the Department of Justice and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) – used their authorities to intimidate banks into shunning lawful but politically disfavored industries. Among those industries were firearms and ammunition retailers, many of which lost the access to capital and credit they needed to do business. The chairman of the FDIC at the time was Martin J. Gruenberg.

The Obama/Biden administration’s official line on Operation Chokepoint was that it was a legitimate effort directed at suppressing bank fraud and was never meant to interfere with legal industries. Administration officials claimed that to the degree banks were avoiding entire lines of lawful business, they were simply misinterpreting the FDIC’s “risk management” guidance.

Yeah. Misinterpreting. The anti-gun folks love to misinterpret.

For example, the New York Times published an article entitled, “How Banks Could Control Gun Sales if Washington Won’t.”

“What if,” the author asked, “the finance industry — credit card companies like Visa, Mastercard, and American Express; credit card processors like First Data; and banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — were to effectively set new rules for the sales of guns in America?” He then suggested specific gun control measures the banks could enforce by cutting off customers who didn’t comply, including bans on “assault weapons” and certain magazines and accessories. Though admitting these products were “completely legal” under current law, the author insisted that through coordinated action by financial service providers, “they would be eliminated from virtually every firearms store in America … .”

Certain banks did, in fact, take this advice (including Bank of America and Citigroup), adding specific requirements to their relationships with firearm-related customers that exceeded the requirements of state and federal law.

Then anti-gun Senate Democrats, led by Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) actually sent letters to senior officers of other national banks, applauding Bank of America and Citigroup and urging the other banks to do the same thing. While the letters did not contain any specific promises or threats, the subtext was inherent and obvious: if the banks wanted to be on the good side of the politicians who regulate their industry, discriminating against customers those politicians don’t like is a good way to do it.

Banking executives have also been hauled up to Capitol Hill for hearings at which they were castigated by anti-gun Democrats for not following the lead of financial institutions that will not serve gun companies unless those companies adopt “best business practices” promoted by gun control advocates.And, more recently, gun control advocates have even hatched a plan to use a newly created merchant category code for credit card purchases that would allow banks to surveil purchases at gun shops and report what they consider “suspicious activity” to authorities.

Well, guess who Biden has recommended for appointment of the FDIC? Any answer that doesn’t sound like Martin J. Gruenberg doesn’t count.

The Trump administration’s DOJ formally repudiated and terminated Operation Choke Point. It also fast-tracked a rule through the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency that required covered banks to provide fair access to all the products they offer to law-abiding customers who are able to satisfy predetermined “quantitative, impartial risk-based standards.” Additionally, the rule prohibited the banks from coordinating with others to “deny … any person a financial service the covered bank offers.”

The Biden administration, however, refused to publish the rule, suggesting that it does not, in fact, support fair access to banking services by lawful customers (or at least the ones the administration disfavors).

NRA-ILA via Buckeye Firearms, all

Can’t say we didn’t warn ya…

Category: Biden, Gun Grabbing Fascists, Politics

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All the same buggers calling for a separate (and seatchable for making a list) guns/ammo credit card transaction category…

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President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande

What would it take to start a PRIVATE bank or credit union, something subject to a hell of a lot LESS Gooberment control, oversight, and “suggestion”?

No such thing really. In the US private banks are simply considered banks that serve a limited private client base. They are regulated exactly the same by the OCC. The Office of the Comptroller of Currency is the organization that you have never heard of and if you aren’t in banking likely never would have. If it sounds like little old ladies in tennis shoes, it is. Except they will put you in time out if you break the rules.

But to answer your question, the smallest bank in the US (Oakwood of Dallas, TX) has about $3M in deposits.

Won’t happen because of The Golden Rule. “He who has the gold makes the rules.” If the Federal Reserve wanted you to be a bank they woulda issued you a Charter.

Andy Jackson sez, “I told you so.”


I’m am not a slave. I own my labor, will conduct commerce as I see fit.

or else.


There was no “misinterpreting”. The Obama administration explicitly stated that firearm and ammunition businesses were at high risk for money laundering on their list. There was never any evidence to indicate that those industries were involved in money laundering.


No, there never was any evidence of “laundering.” That was just a pretense to try to put them out of business. There is nothing the Obamunists won’t do to disarm lawful citizens.

jeff LPH 3 63-66

This is easy. Want to buy a firearm, ammo etc, save the greenbacks untill you have enough to use the cash instead of a credit card if possible.


Hell’s Fargo sux.


I always buy everything I buy with credit cards, wherever credit cards are accepted to get the rebates. I had a sad when the NRA credit card died. Getting 5% off on guns and ammo was pretty nice. If the card has no fee and you pay it off every month you come out way ahead. Academy Sports has a good card that offers 5% (sometimes 10% off), but they don’t ship firearms and frequently have stock outs on firearms and ammo.

Currently Visa and MC credit card companies support free trade, unlike Square, Pay Pal and a few others, and don’t believe that politics should interfere with it. I know some people don’t like the new ISO code but whatever you purchased was tracked already anyway. It is kind of a useless metric like most gun control stuff.


And we still don’t know what this is all about:

Democrats block potential release of documents on FBI’s secret forms used to strip gun rights (

So yeah, it never stops.

Mike B

Well shit, I guess next they’ll go after obesity by not allowing people to charge junk food on their cards. Oh hell just deny credit cards to Republicans to get your way….

What I spend my damn money on, is my damn business. If I want to buy another gun to add to my collection of 50 plus guns that’s my right. Don’t like it, don’t look at my guns, or don’t visit me, you won’t hurt my feelings.

This is getting ridiculous, too damn much government over-reach, and less government accountability.


Planted some freedom seeds today.
2 targets @ 25′
2 rounds / target
Sub-5-second times.

Some fair hits, otherwise good hits all.
Not as rusty as I was afraid.


Remember, there’s no amount of smoking and bbq sauce to make’m edible.


Buzzards gotta eat…spit…same as worms


dang skippy.

stack’m high.

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Many are unaware of this factoid, but the above pistol is not subject to any federal gun laws and regulations. Under the NFA and related statutes, percussion black powder revolvers and muzzle loading pistols are not “firearms.” Thus, one can order them over the internet and have them shipped to the purchaser.