Another gun seller says his firearms business was forced to shut down its bank account as a result of the government’s secretive initiative known as Operation Choke Point.
This time, he’s offering audio recordings to prove it.
Mike Schuetz is a former state employee who worked as a probation and parole officer for eight years in Hawkins, Wis.
After working for the state, he told Breitbart News that he decided to open a private investigation business and operate a gun store on the side.
His store, Hawkins Guns LLC, sells both firearms and ammunition.
To manage his finances, Schuetz set up a business account with Heritage Credit Union located in Hawkins.
On Nov. 13, 2014, Hawkins Guns LLC posted this message on its Facebook page about the credit union’s decision to close its business account:
“Sorry I had to close this afternoon shortly. You will never guess why? I received a call from Heritage Credit Union in Hawkins, where I set up my business account for Hawkins Guns. They told me I had to close the account because they do not service companies that deal in guns. This is just a back door way for those wanting to infringe upon your rights to keep and bear arms and is nothing more than discrimination to gun owners. I have closed the account and am going to a more freedom loving bank to give my business. This will delay my ability to accept credit cards, but in time all will be straightened out. I would highly suggest questioning who you are allowing to house your hard earned money. If you choose to close an account there let them know why!”
In an audio recording released by Schuetz, a Heritage Credit Union bank teller told him: “We have to answer to the examiners. Whoever they are.”
Schuetz wasn’t satisfied with that response and asked to speak with a manager about why the bank was closing an account for a legal and legitimate business.
A regional manager explained to Schuetz that federal examiners came into Heritage Credit Union to perform “an exam on everything.”
Schuetz recorded a series of conversations and phone calls between himself and employees at Heritage Credit Union. The U.S. Consumer Coalition posted audio of those recordings….
By Kelsey Harkness – The Daily Signal –