A Visa subsidiary that authorizes credit card transactions for merchants has without notice stopped doing business with the nation’s largest gun store after a four-year relationship — because it sells guns. The credit card firm is also a huge Obama campaign donor.
The subsidiary, Authorize.net/CyberSource, emailed its decision to sever business with Hyatt Gun Shop of Charlotte, N.C., citing the “sale of firearms or any similar product,” according to the Washington Examiner.
The firm claimed that Hyatt’s product line violated the terms of their agreement.
Authorize.net couldn’t figure out what the merchant’s product line was four years earlier just from the business name, Hyatt Gun Shop? The store even bills itself as “America’s largest gun shop” on its website.http://www.hyattguns.com
The email said:
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.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Justin Anderson, Hyatt’s marketing director, telling the Examiner that it took a week and thousands of dollars to find a replacement credit card processor that was “gun friendly.”
The Examiner’s Washington Secrets reported:
Anderson suspects that the company, purchased by Visa in 2010, got cold feet dealing with a leading gun seller and he said that he’s heard of other gun stores being dropped. The company had no immediate comment.
The sudden move comes just two weeks after the Washington Navy Yard shootings, which were followed by a plea for more gun control from President Obama.
Factor in Secretary of State John Kerry’s signature on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty this week — with the blessing of the White House — and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that in Obama’s world, politics comes before all else.
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