ICYMI: Credit Card Companies Plan to ‘Categorize’ Gun Store Purchases

As the issue of gun control continues to create heated debates here in the United States, it is becoming ever more complicated to exercise your Second Amendment rights.

This is by design, of course, as the liberal left full understands that abolishing the right to bear arms is simply impossible.  The sort of trouble that would arise from any sort of firearm confiscation plan would have the potential to create utter havoc here in the United States, and so Democrats are simply attempting to make it difficult, expensive, and frustrating to own guns.

Their latest subtle affront to the Second Amendment comes in the form of fiscal surveillance by major credit card companies.

Payment processor Visa Inc. said Saturday that it plans to start separately categorizing sales at gun shops, a major win for gun control advocates who say it will help better track suspicious surges of gun sales that could be a prelude to a mass shooting.

But the decision by Visa, the world’s largest payment processor, will likely provoke the ire of gun rights advocates and gun lobbyists, who have argued that categorizing gun sales would unfairly flag an industry when most sales do not lead to mass shootings. It joins Mastercard and American Express, which also said they plan to move forward with categorizing gun shop sales.

The shift is a dramatic one.

Visa said it would adopt the International Organization for Standardization’s new merchant code for gun sales, which was announced on Friday. Until Friday, gun store sales were considered “general merchandise.”

“Following ISO’s decision to establish a new merchant category code, Visa will proceed with next steps, while ensuring we protect all legal commerce on the Visa network in accordance with our long-standing rules,” the payment processor said in a statement.

Anti-gun liberals have been increasingly pressuring private businesses to take action against the Second Amendment, often exploiting the emotional aftermath of senseless, mental-health-centric mass shootings.