VISA Credit Card Company Refuses Business of Firearms Store

VISA credit card company is now beginning to tell merchants that deal in firearms and firearms related merchandise that their credit transactions are no longer welcome with the credit card bureau. This is the newest front launched by the left to destroy America’s Constitutional rights.

Leftists that stand against our Constitution seem to have realized that they just can’t beat America into submission by using the legislative process to obliterate our rights. 2-A rights advocates have succeeded in making sure every state has concealed carry now and many even have open carry. Those that support our Second Amendment rights out number those that want us disarmed so that government can have more power over us. But these liberals aren’t defeated.

Since they can’t win at the ballot box or in the courts (lately) their next campaign is to force the business community to limit customer’s Second Amendment rights and this is one example. VISA has knuckled under to the anti-American left.

After working with VISA for four years and without a single problem, the credit card company has told Hyatt Gun Shop, Inc., one of the largest gun brokerage firms in the United States, that it is terminating its relationship.

Hyatt owner, Larry Hyatt, recently shared the message he got from, the online credit service run by VISA.

Dear Hyatt Gun Shop Inc,

Authorize.Net LLC (“Authorize.Net”) has determined that the nature of your business constitutes a violation of Section 2.xiv of the Authorize.Net Acceptable Use Guidelines and Sections 3.3 and 11.3 of the Authorize.Net Service Agreement (the “Agreement”). These sections include, but are not limited to, the sale of firearms or any similar product. Accordingly, pursuant to Section 4 of the Acceptable Use Guidelines, your ability to access and use the Authorize.Net Services will be terminated on September 30, 2013.

This action puts the company in a bind and gives it only a short time to find a new credit service before it finds it can no longer fulfill orders via credit card.

Hyatt has released its own statement on the matter:

Statement about

As reported by Grass Roots North Carolina, credit card gateway has indeed refused to continuing doing business with us simply because we sell guns. We urge all of you who shop online to boycott any web site displaying the or Cybersource logo. We have since switched to a gun-friendly provider that offers all of the same security features you’d expect.

Is any of this a surprise? Not considering the fact that VISA executives have given over $20,000 to Obama’s political campaigns. It is clear that those that run VISA are dyed-in-the-wool leftists that are now using the power of their large corporation to force upon us leftist policies that liberals can’t get passed by law.

But VISA’s action has sparked a reaction. Grass Roots North Carolina is organizing a boycott against any company that uses for its credit services.

Below is another example of the leftists convincing business to acquiesce to their defacto gun bans.

And then we had the recent kerfuffle with Starbucks that was only just in the news a few days ago where the CEO of the coffee giant admitted he stands against the Second Amendment.

As I said, forcing businesses to impinge on the rights of customers is the new battlefield, folks. Pay attention and do something to reply.

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  • JWH

    If he sold guns, then why did he sign a contract with a “no selling guns” clause in it in the first place?!

    • Commander_Chico

      Yeah, is not the only payment gateway, both sides should have done some due diligence.

    • Oysteria

      All the same, if he was a gun seller, why did they offer him a contract?

      Edit: The name “Hyatt Gun Shop” is akin to a blaring neon sign.

    • Dace Tapley

      I suspect that that terms and conditions were updated recently and they sent him the usually junk mail indicating that the terms and conditions had been updated and he failed to read it because he figured it was business as usual. Regardless I think i’ll use my visa to buy a gun and see what happens.

  • LiberalNightmare

    The service has the right to set their terms and serve the customers they choose. Just as the public has the right to choose who they do business with.

    I suspect that the same lefties who are pleased with this move would be up in arms if decided to apply the same rules to anybody that dealt in Che Guevara T-shirts.

  • jim_m

    Fuck em. I’d rather pay in cash. One less bit of data for them to collect.

    • Commander_Chico

      Pay in cash from someone other than a licensed dealer – even better.

      • jim_m

        No I believe in supporting the store and the range.

        • Commander_Chico

          OK, that’s your choice if you want them to collect data on you.

  • Paul Hooson

    Credit card processors are a pet peave of mine. They routinely lie to business to rope them into contracts with rates far in excess of what they quote. A smart business doesn’t deal with these processors, and instead uses the Square Card if they can. A business can save hundreds to thousands a month on fees with this card.
    Rules these companies set are pretty arbitrary as well. There was a case of a woman who produced adult movies and wanted to create a storyline to her movies to make them more appealing to women. So she created an elaborate production in a late 1700’s pirate bar. But, the credit card processor protested and refused to process credit card purchases for this one film because it involved a realistic looking sword fight in one scene in addition to the adult content in the rest of the movie. Her other adult titles were fine for credit card processing, but she couldn’t mix a storyline with sword fighting. – So you wonder why so many adult films have no storyline and no plot. There you go. It’s all explained right here…

    • jim_m


      Paul, Square prohibited use of its service for gun related purchases back in May.

      • Paul Hooson

        That bites. That was the last good independent credit card processor and perfect for gun show dealers too because it runs off a cell phone. It might take a class action lawsuit of some sort to get a court order that credit card companies cannot deny service to legal businesses.

  • 914

    Just more of that Obuma economical Midas touch!

    • Paul Hooson

      Credit card companies are probably looking at lawsuits and liability issues. If someone kills someone, even by accident with a gun, they’re worried that the lawsuit trail could touch them. It’s probably a risk management issue, although I don’t like it either. If a business is legal, then it should be able to accept credit cards.

      • jim_m

        It’s not a risk management issue. Sure someone could file suit. It would get tossed. It’s like saying that you have a checking account so the bank is liable for your failure to pay child support. Not going to happen. IF this were to happen then you could go after banks for damages when their depositors broke any law. While the left would be pleased with this idea, no one is going to destroy the financial underpinnings of the nation in this way.

        It is exclusively a sop to the leftist anti-gun crowd. Until pro second amendment people start standing up and taking their business away from these companies it will continue to happen.

  • Jwb10001

    Let’s see ’em try that with a gay owned establishment or a Muslim company. In fact I think a gay Muslim should open a gun shop just to test their resolve.

  • cirby

    Of course, this leaves an opening for smart investors.

    Several new (and old) credit card processing firms are now advertising gun shop friendly transaction systems. One firearms firm – McMillan Rifles – has even started their own processing company.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Did Glenn Beck write this hysterical and ridiculous screed? FYI, Sparky, there only are about scores of interchange processors out there for credit and debit transactions, including Visa. If one nutbag outfit doesn’t want to process certain transactions there will be dozens of others queuing up to fill the void. It’s called capitalism. The other obvious point, which somehow you missed, although that’s not surprising, is that the cited merchant clearly is an idiot. Why didn’t he simply read the contract with that processor firm?

    • Did flings poo and runs drop this comment here? Yes, yes it did.

    • Dace Tapley

      The original contract likely didn’t have that clause in it and it was added later with the customary letter in the mail saying that the terms and conditions have been updated followed by another statement of cancellation for violation.