Bailed-out Banks Launch Coordinated Attack on Law-abiding Gun Owners

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Bailed-out Banks Launch Coordinated Attack on Law-abiding Gun Owners
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- There is growing evidence that some of America’s financial elite want to create a world in which America’s public policy decisions emanate from corporate boardrooms in Manhattan rather than from citizens and their elected officials.

This was demonstrated in recent weeks when both Citigroup and Bank of America announced changes to their corporate guidelines aimed at preventing law-abiding Americans from exercising their constitutional rights.

According to Citigroup’s new policy, the nation’s fourth largest bank will withhold business from companies that fail to sufficiently curtail the Second Amendment rights of their customers. Specifically, the policy requires “new retail sector clients or partners” to refrain from selling standard-capacity magazines, to prohibit the sale of firearms to law-abiding adults aged 18 to 20 years-old, and to ignore a vital statutory safety valve provision that permits a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) to transfer a firearm three days after a background check has been initiated. Citigroup has also stated that it will further scrutinize the firearms manufacturers they do business with.

Bank of America’s policy targets firearms manufacturing. During an April 10 2018 interview with Bloomberg TelevisionBank of America Vice Chairman Anne M. Finucane announced that the company no longer intends to lend money to firearms manufacturers that produce certain configurations of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms. Making clear that Bank of America only opposes civilian access to semi-automatic firearms, Finucane stressed to the anti-gun news outlet that the bank will no longer finance “military-style firearms” for “civilian use.”

In a March 22 2018 blog post announcing Citigroup’s policy change, Citigroup Executive Vice President of Global Public Affairs Ed Skyler lamented that politicians have been too reticent to trample upon the rights of their constituents, and that this respect for the U.S. Constitution prompted Citigroup to act. Before joining Citigroup, Skyler worked for the administration of New York City Mayor and gun control financier Michael Bloomberg.

Skyler also made clear that Citigroup intends to “convene those in the financial services industry and other stakeholders” to push their anti-gun agenda. In a sentence sure to pique the interest of antitrust regulators, Skyler noted that the financial giant “hope[s] to leverage [the] collective action” of financial institutions in order to foist their restrictions on “all who sell firearms.” Using proper gun control advocate vernacular, Skyler referred to Citigroup’s new restrictions as “common-sense.”

In relation to Citigroup’s restriction on standard-capacity magazines and Bank of America’s attack on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, both private and publicly funded studies have determined that such measures would be ineffective. Most recently, a report from the Rand Corporation, titled “The Science of Gun Policy,” examined the available research on a host of gun control proposals. Rand found that the evidence of the effects of bans on the sale of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and standard-capacity magazines was “inconclusive.” A 2013 Department of Justice National Institute of Justice survey of the available research determined that in order to have any potential impact, a ban on standard capacity magazines would need to be coupled with an “extensive” confiscation effort.

With its age restriction policy, Citigroup may also be encouraging some of its retail business partners to violatestate and local discrimination laws. As UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh pointed out on his influential blog, the Volokh Conspiracy, Citigroup “must exempt retailers' actions in those no-age-discrimination states.” As Volokh explained “When a law bans some action, it also usually (explicitly or implicitly) bans others from trying to cause that action.”

As an example, Volokh pointed to Michigan’s anti-discrimination statute, writing,

the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (Mich. Comp. Laws. §§ 37.2301-.2304) bans age discrimination in retail sales, and § 37.2701 likewise provides that no person shall “[a]id, abet, incite, compel, or coerce a person to engage in a violation of this act” or “[w]illfully obstruct or prevent a person from complying with this act” or “interfere with a person in the exercise or enjoyment of … any right granted or protected by this act.” If a credit card company demands that stores illegally discriminate, then it's inciting, compelling, and coercing violations within the meaning of the law, obstructing the stores' complying with the law, and interfering with 18-to-20-year-olds' enjoyment of rights granted by the law.

Citigroup’s other gun control measure requires that retailers “don’t sell firearms to someone who hasn’t passed a background check.” Of course, firearms retailers are already required by federal law to conduct a background check on all prospective purchasers. What Citigroup is attacking here is an important safety-valve that ensures that Americans are not denied their Second Amendment rights as a result of government malice or incompetence.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is supposed to be instant.

However, some checks require further research by a NICS Examiner to resolve. Federal law provides that in these cases a FFL may proceed with a firearms transfer after three business days if “the system has not notified the [FFL] that the receipt of a firearm by [the buyer or transferee] would [violate federal law.]” Even if the firearm is transferred, FBI continues their attempt to resolve the background check for 90 days. If a purchaser is determined to be prohibited after receiving a firearm, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is notified and there is an effort to retrieve the gun.

Significant delays can and do happen through no fault of the prospective purchaser. The FBI has noted that delays can occur due to a purchaser sharing similar personal characteristics (such as age, date of birth, height, or weight) to a prohibited individual, or because government records are incomplete. According to the 2016 NICS Operations Report, 11 percent of NICS background checks were delayed for additional review. Only 1.2 percent of prospective firearms purchasers were then denied.

By forcing the retailers it deals with to ignore the three day safety-valve provision, Citigroup is endorsing an indefinite firearms waiting period and will be complicit in restricting the rights of innocent Americans. An affront to due process, their policy circumvents the government’s burden of conclusively proving that a person has a prohibiting record before the individual is denied their constitutional rights.

Thankfully, some lawmakers have refused to take this attack on Second Amendment rights lying down. On March 29 2018, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), who sit on the Senate Banking Committee, issued a stern warning to Citigroup CEO Michael L. Corbat. Sen. Kennedy urged Citigroup to refrain from “penalizing Americans who choose to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights,” and instead to focus on the company’s many shortcomings.

Sen. Kennedy also reminded Corbat that “The very fact that Citi remains operational is due entirely to the generosity of the American taxpayers.”

According to an article from Politico, Sen. Kennedy has also urged the General Services Administration to cease its relationship with the bank. Moreover, the office of Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) is reported to have taken a significant interest in Citigroup’s anti-gun policy.

Citigroup, Bank of America, and other major corporations would do well to recognize that the American voter, through their elected representatives, has repeatedly rejected restrictions on their Second Amendment rights. Moreover, in the case of these banks, shareholders should question the wisdom of corporate leadership that would willfully alienate pro-gun voters and lawmakers.

About:
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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    Skyler, the‎ current head of CitiGroup is a long term‎ Clinto‎nista‎ and was there for the Bill Clinton ugly gun ban. Not only did they take bailouts, they also started running Obama Cabal approved theme programs. Remember Skip Gates, the Friend of Obama, “cops acted stupidly”, Harvard “Diversity ‎Professor”, who had to break into his own house because he couldn’t remember his keys. Bank of America funded and heavily promoted his racist theatrical productions. Chase went overboard hiring black spokespeople and heavily promoted the Williams sisters and their tennis exploits. ‎The good news is that the Chase program was all… Read more »

    MattGinOK
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    MattGinOK

    “~America’s public policy decisions emanate from corporate boardrooms in Manhattan rather than from citizens and their elected officials”. Since when do “elected officials” do what citizens want? Vote ’em all out!

    A. X. Perez
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    A. X. Perez

    Maybe it’s time for the NRA and other pro gun groups to start a gunowners’ bank

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    This does indeed seem to be an open opportunity for some entrepreneurs…

    MR. A. B. JAMES
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    MR. A. B. JAMES

    by returning to use of cash only the credit card companies will change their ways. RETURN TO CASH!

    Pa John
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    Pa John

    “The definition of fascism is ‘The marriage of corporation and state’ ” – Benito Mussolini https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Mussolini The openly revealed marriage of leftists in government with leftists in the big banking, internet, social media and traditional media corporations, lays bare the clear fascism that is alive and well in America today. Domestic Enemies of the U.S. Constitution, are very predictable. They are always looking to deprive American citizens of their ability to exercise their constitutional rights. The marriage of corporation and state, the very definition of fascism, is just another way to make an end run around the U.S. Constitution and… Read more »

    Rich
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    Rich

    Bass Pro Shops credit card is thru Bank of America

    American Patriot
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    American Patriot

    I find it unconstitutional that a public bank with govt backing (FDIC) can do something like this when a mom & pop bakery gets fined and put out of business for NOT baking a cake for a FAG wedding party. This country has gone lawless for all except for conservatives who even think bad thoughts. Maybe now is the time to split this country in half…put conservatives on the west & the mental ill (liberals) & illegals on the east and build a wall.

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    Comment…boa should be required to change their name .

    Boz
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    Boz

    True. For the past 17-20 years they have been the Bank of Mexico.

    Brick
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    Brick

    Swithced immediately to Frost Bank here in Texas. I left B of A a few years back for other issues such as but not limited to predatory lending practice, aiding illegals with loans, predetory charges for over drafts that they will by no means give back even if it’s hours before a direct deposit, B of A also took bailouts and launched more than one attack on 2nd amendment. All citi group CC’s have officially been paid and closed. And they slam your credit when doing this so learn what to do before closing an account. The same goes for… Read more »

    mikeL
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    I credit union. Haven’t banked since Wells Fargo charged me $13.26 to close my account. I have as of yet to find a credit union comment on the 2A. But, I’m not sure I’ve seen that any finance retailers or manufacturers.

    Jerald schmaltz
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    Jerald schmaltz

    You should make it easier to post your articles to facebook. Some sites have a poxt to fcb buttom.

    Hirider
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    Hirider

    Mr. Schmaltz, it is easy to post these articles to Facebook. Here’s how: Using your mouse, drag the cursor over all the text and pictures that you want to post so that it is highlighted. Then press , or right click the mouse and select COPY. An option appears that lets you share to FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    Cashed my “thank-you points”, and then wrote a polite, but clearly stated, letter to Citicorp telling them that after 25 years of doing business with them, I am forced, by their anti-Second Amendment Civil Rights stand, to fire them.

    Missouri Born
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    Missouri Born

    Banks are regulated by the government and have FDIC to back up their accounts therefore the government needs to remind the banks that they cannot discriminate in their lending as long as the purchase is lawful.
    If the banks don’t want to adhere to the law then pull the FDIC backing.

    Silver fox
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    Silver fox

    If we the people can put a block on the traitorous acts of the democrats then maybe Trump can get on to the smaller issues like this.

    G-man
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    G-man

    Typical of the corporate world thinking if they follow the minority, and they are ,things will work out ,this always back fires . You’re welcome for the tax payer bailout ,thanks for the kick in the groin

    Douglas Kuykendall
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    Douglas Kuykendall

    I canceled my citi,Costco,an sears.I hope the senator goes through in canceling citi from the government,instead of just sounding off.That would be around 700 billion dollar blow to citi.Senate needs action instead of talk.We need to flood your senators with emails.

    Laddyboy
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    Sounds like a class action LAW SUIT against “citigroup” and also “bank of america”. With these actions, they are DISCRIMINATING!!!!!!!!!!
    SUE THEM FOR ABOUT $1,000,000,000.00 dollars. Make them pay for the lawyers, loss of business, distress, DISCRIMINATION and every thing a lawyer can come up with using the ILLEGALLY APPLIED admiralty law that the court insists on using AGAINST Americans.

    Bill
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    Bill

    I just the email address given and it did not go through!

    hippybiker
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    hippybiker

    If the American people ever allow the central banks to issue their currency the banks and corporations that grow up around them will first through inflation, then deflation will rob the people of all their wealth, and your children will grow up homeless on the continent their fore father’s conquered.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    Terry Swinney
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    Terry Swinney

    As of today I have closed one of my Citibank Accounts and will do the other soon. I Will also shut down my B of A Account once finished paying it off. Both will be sooner rather than later.

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    @Terry…Go to another lender (try a credit union , been happy with mine for 40 years) pay off cb quit paying them interest .

    Dean Esterline
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    Dean Esterline

    With the climate of fear instituted by the “do-gooders” having greater direct media controls continue to attack the founding fathers. People have become sheep by choice…That scares me, it mirrors Nazi Germany; now your “neighbors” will be turning you in for favor in the new world of today.
    “Come and Get”

    Bill
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    Bill

    Ive already cancelled my Citibank cards and plan on stop using my B of A card!

    John Dunlap
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    John Dunlap

    Americans should be taking their assets out of for-profit banks, a few small, privately owned institutions being possible exceptions. Use local credit unions, which are usually much safer and generally apolitical. Stop feeding the beast, as much as you can.

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    Agreed, John! I left Citi and Chase banks. I am now a member of a (state) credit union. which 1) has an electronic system that is every bit as good as the largest banks, 2) has a branch a block from my house, 3) pays much better interest rates on accounts (both savings and checking), 4) has excellent debit cards and a huge nation-wide ATM service group, 5) charges lower interest rates on credit cards and loans, and 6) provides excellent customer service – I’m greeted by name every time I visit the branch or the home office. Tell the… Read more »

    Ian MacKenzie
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    Ian MacKenzie

    Well said Joe! And it’s all Truth / Facts. My credit union is the same way in every aspect that you wrote. I’ve been with them for a few years now; dropping all BOA, Chase & Key Bank accounts, credit cards, etc. And I’ll never go back to big banks. I’d really love to see this happen too, with owner support .. even though probably a very difficult task.. But if we could just do that, and then start to get non firearm owners to do this as well .. Now that would be something wouldn’t it?!!? I’m still in… Read more »

    DBC
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    DBC

    As long as these manufacturers are legal the actions of these institutions are subject to civil rights, discrimination and fair lending practices!

    DBC
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    DBC

    Civil rights and discrimination rights are being abused!

    Green Mtn Boy
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    Green Mtn Boy

    Citigroup needs to cease being a viable finical institution by We The Taxpaying People,of the several states.
    If I had anything with Citigroup the account would be closed post haste,as they would eventually die and wither.