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With just a couple weeks remaining in the Kentucky legislative session, time is running low to ensure that the state Senate votes on House Bill 175. Sponsored by Republican state Rep. Savannah Maddox and passed out of the Kentucky General Assembly with a 73-24 vote, HB 175, titled the Firearm Industry Nondiscrimination Act (or FIND Act), would make it illegal for financial institutions in Kentucky to discriminate against the firearm industry.

HB 175 is an attempt to head off the Biden administration’s efforts to reinstate “Operation Choke Point,” a re-run from the Obama era which sought to deny banking, credit card, and other financial services to customers the firearm industry. As an FFL, retailer, and manufacturer myself (Black Collar Arms), I can attest to the ongoing frustration of having to navigate terms of service for literally everything in the sales and marketing process.

Domain registrar, hosting company, shopping cart and other web store software, payment processor, email marketing software, accounting software, and social media platforms are just some of the mandatory services that leading companies in each of those spaces (e.g. GoDaddy, Shopify, Square, PayPal, Quicken, Google, etc etc) refuse to provide to the firearm industry.

Rep. Savannah Maddox

Even in Kentucky, there’s strong pressure from the anti-gun side of the aisle to throw a wrench into HB 175. For instance, the Kentucky Bankers Association has asked Rep. Maddox for the names and contact information of every party claiming to have been discriminated against by the banking industry in the state along with proof that they then contacted a sufficient number of competing institutions to try and obtain services elsewhere.

They’re demanding the information for the express purpose of potentially challenging the legality of HB 175, which simply seeks to protect lawful commerce. Here’s the letter the KBA’s attorney sent to Rep. Maddox:

Government pressure to discourage or even legally prevent the financial industry from providing services to the firearm industry is an underhanded way of instituting gun control and a blatant attempt to circumvent the democratic process.

If you live in Kentucky, calling your state senator(s) would be a good way of supporting passage of the bill and ensuring that those involved in the firearms business aren’t subjected to this kind of discrimination. Again.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. This West Virginian, who has done business in Kentucky, notably with Bud’s in Lexington supports HB 175, but I’m not sure how to help. Any ideas?

    • Just continue to support Kentucky/West Virginia businesses who support the 2nd A. Then work to get similar legislation in your state if it doesn’t exist. We all must work in Our individual states to defeat Anti 2A Politicians and Firearms (Karens). They will always be a threat as long as they breathe and reproduce.

  2. All the Proof the letter requested is what has happened all around the country. Wise to be a step ahead of Gun hating perverts in the lending industry. And being a step ahead of them is what bothers the gun hating perverts the most, otherwise what’s the problem?

  3. Both Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell will be ok. I actually sent a message to my Rep. John Yarmouth who is totally anti Second Amendment just to let him know that these bills will have no impact on criminals and only impact legal gun owners. I don’t expect a positive or actually any response from him given that he most likely has never read the Bill of Rights.

    • Politicians with laws never stop bad guys with guns.
      They only control the good guys, which is their true agenda.

      The bad guy with a gun…..or the gang member with a gun…. the mentally deficient guy with a gun……or the TERRIBLY DISTRAUGHT FAMILY MEMBER OF A GUN SHOOTING VICTIM…….or a gun violence survivor……or the Feelz-Gooder Social Do-Gooder….. or the the “hair-on-fire, we’re-all-gonna-die” contingent……are the politician’s easily manipulated Useful Idiot Tools to achieve his power and control agenda.
      The new agenda for humanity requires that no one will have the capacity to fight back. It has been said: “Our Task of creating a Socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.” No other explanation is possible.

  4. Speaking of support, as Donald Trump said in his letter yesterday, send your political dollars to his Save America PAC. Do NOT send any money to the RNC. Support the Save America PAC. The cease and desist order that he sent to the RNC states they cannot use him or his likeness to solicit funds. If you see the RNC using his likeness report it to the Save America PAC. Support the Save America PAC. DO NOT SUPPORT THE RNC.

  5. As a KY citizen, i have written to my state senator supporting this bill.

    As a US citizen, I will never send a penny to the traitor trump, and encourage anyone to support whatever party or persons you like but never trump.

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