On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, ratified a law that restricts credit card firms from monitoring firearm transactions in the state.
An update was released on the official web page of the Florida Governor, expressing that, “Governor Ron DeSantis today endorsed Senate Bill (SB) 7054 and SB 214. These acts are designed to guard the financial privacy of Florida citizens against undue governmental intrusion and excessive surveillance by socially conscious corporations.”
According to Breitbart:
On August 28, 2022, Breitbart News noted Gabby Giffords’ gun control group, Giffords, was urging major credit companies to flag gun and ammunition purchases via the new code. On August 30 Breitbart News noted Democrat New York lawmakers were urging major credit card companies to create and use a new firearms-specific code which would in effect flag gun purchases in the state and around the country.
In early September 2022, Breitbart News reported that Visa caved to pressure from Democrats and gun control groups and agreed to use a new merchant code to track firearm purchases. Other credit card companies caved as well.
Breitbart News pointed out that Discover would begin tracking gun purchases in April 2023. But the public outcry became so great that all the credit card companies abandoned the plan.
However, Democrats reacted by trying to get the DOJ to pressure the companies into implementing the tracking scheme. If the cards do put in into practice, DeSantis is fighting to be sure gun sales in Florida are excluded from the tracking process.