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On Tuesday, April 2nd, House Bill 389, the Second Amendment Financial Privacy Act, was introduced in the Alabama House. Representative Shane Stringer (R-102), an NRA Defender of Freedom Award recipient, is the lead sponsor of the bill.

HB 389 prohibits the use of firearm/ammunition specific merchant category codes by payment processors. This is an important protection for gun owners, protecting private purchasing information from abuse by third parties. For more information click here.

In the Fall of 2022, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved a Merchant Category Code (MCC) for firearm retailers. MCCs are used by payment processors (like Visa and Mastercard) and other financial services companies to categorize transactions. MCCs enable payment processors and banks to identify, monitor, and collect data on certain types of transactions. Before the ISO decision, firearm retailers fell under the MCC for sporting goods stores or miscellaneous retail.

Collecting firearm retailer financial transaction data amounts to surveillance and registration of law-abiding gun owners. Those promoting this scheme are in favor of firearm and gun owner registrations. Therefore, it should be assumed that the goal of this program is to share all collected firearm retailer MCC data with government authorities and potentially private third parties that may include gun control organizations and anti-gun researchers.

— Courtesy NRA-ILA

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  1. I blew through the article because until us peeps that procure firearmns for whatever reason do not have to register (4473) our hobbies it’s all bullsht.

    • Mail order right to your door of any arm of any type. Vending machines installed outside of the local kwickie mart and even participating pro-2A churches.

      • Drive thru. Make ATF the real thing.
        12 pack, pack of smokes and 200 9mm please.

  2. Although admirable these measures are pointless. All this data has been collected, is being collected and will continue to be collected. The companies can claim anonymity of the data or use cute semantic games like how cops insist they don’t use “quotas” but “performance benchmarks” are a necessary tool.

    All data collection should be opt-in only without the game of denying service unless you opt-in and violations should be severe.

  3. By all accounts when something smells this bad there should be George Floyd level arrests and a 9 digit lawsuit…

    • There isn’t a race wound to pick at since the victim was white, so the media will ignore this one. Plus, the Left absolutely loves it when the State flexes on the other political side, like raids. Since when does the DOJ care about diaries? The funny part is, that confirmed the diary was authentic. Joe showered with his daughter.

  4. Call me what you want but I’m proud to be from/in Bama. We even have microwave ovens down here now man

  5. I rode a bus thru AL in the ’60s. We passed multiple burned out, bullet-riddled cars. No mention in the news. Or anywhere else. Probably just abandoned vehicles that someone had a little fun with.

    I have always liked the place, but would not leave a car on the side of the road unless l hated it.

    • While living in Hawaii I passed many abandoned cars on the road. I was told if a car is left alone for two days, or more. It will get it stripped and burned. I counted the days. And sure enough it was true most of the time. That was in 1988.

  6. The “christian bible belt” does seem to be where civil rights are being defended. I know that’s very difficult for some people, but that is the truth .

    In the atheist controlled areas of the United States, civil rights are going away. President Eisenhower predicted this over sixty years ago.

    • Richard Dawkins, perhaps the world’s most famous atheist, agrees with you. Despite being a nonbeliever, he still understands the West’s sense of decency comes from a Christian founding.

      In the interview with Rachel Johnson broadcast on March 31 on LBC, Dawkins said he was “slightly horrified” to learn that Oxford Street in London was promoting Ramadan, the Muslim month for fasting, instead of Easter.

      Dawkins went on to explain: “I do think we are culturally a Christian country. I call myself a cultural Christian.”

      “I’m not a believer, but there is a distinction between being a believing Christian and a cultural Christian,” Dawkins noted, adding: “I love hymns and Christmas carols and I sort of feel at home in the Christian ethos, and I feel that we are a Christian country in that sense.”

      “So I call myself a cultural Christian, and I think it would be truly dreadful if we substituted any alternative religion.”

      “…If I had to choose between Christianity and Islam, I’d choose Christianity every single time.”

      “It seems to me to be a fundamentally decent religion, in a way that I think Islam is not,” he commented.

      In the US, they’re trying to replace Christianity with a leftist woke religion, which used to be known as peganism. They aren’t smart enough to understand the consequences for that, even though their atheist hero seems to get it.

      • I’ve come to believe that atheists are really quite stupid. Many certainly have lots of formal education. And many are very well read. But they’re still quite stupid.

        Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens all are really very stupid men. The three of them and many other atheists, have helped to destroy western civilization.

        And they have allowed the “chaos of the uneducated” from the eastern countries, to come and take over the west.

        The only thing good about Dawkins is that, he seems to be able to reflect on the mistakes that he made.
        Unfortunately, it’s too late for England where he lives. Atheists like Dawkins helped destroy their own country.

        I do like styxhexenhammer666. An atheist. And I like Stephen Molyneux. Also an atheist. There are handful of other atheists that I am a fan of.

        They recognized danger and have common sense. Unfortunately, most atheists are not like them. Most atheists are just stupid.

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