Operation Choke Point strangling gun dealers at banks

Banned from financial services that are essential to running a business, firearms sellers attending the world’s largest gun exhibition last week in Las Vegas spoke out against the government’s controversial program known as Operation Choke Point.

“We continue to hear from dealers and others in our industry that suddenly, out of the blue, they have been cut off by financial services or credit card processors or banks,” said Larry Keane, Senior Vice President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

We continue to hear from dealers and others in our industry that suddenly, out of the blue, they have been cut off by financial services.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which exists to protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports industry, is conducting a phone survey of over 7,000 of its members to determine the extent to which Operation Choke Point is affecting their industry. He said:

“This is a direct result of the Department of Justice initiative, through the [Federal Depositors Insurance Corporation], to pressure financial institutions to stop doing business with legitimate law-abiding federally-licensed firearms dealers.”

As The Daily Signal previously reported, gun sellers allege that they are being explicitly prohibited from using payment systems such as PayPal and Square to process credit card transactions.

By Kelsey Harkness – The Daily Signal –

Retailers Rated On Marketing “Christmas” To Public

The American Family Association has rated national retailers on how they used or avoided using the word “Christmas” in their advertising. AFA reviewed up to four criteria to determine if a company was “Christmas-friendly” in their advertising: print media (newspaper inserts), broadcast media (radio/television), website and/or personal visits to the store. If a company’s ad has references to items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.),it was considered as an attempt to reach “Christmas” shoppers.

If a company has items associated with Christmas, but did not use the word “Christmas,” then the company is considered as censoring “Christmas.”

For the retailers’ ratings….

See who’s saying ‘Christmas’ now (but didn’t last year)!

From American Family Association –

Just a few years ago, roughly 80 percent of the nation’s retailers ignored the use of “Christmas” in their stores and in advertising, choosing instead to use the politically correct terms “Happy Holidays” or “Holiday Sales.”

While there has been a major turnaround among the companies, there have been some holdouts.

For example, last year, AFA called for a Christmas boycott of Radio Shack. For several years, Radio Shack refused to use the word “Christmas” in advertising or otherwise. In fact, many of Radio Shack’s franchise owners joined AFA in urging the company to include “Christmas” in its marketing.

The boycott was successful!
This year, Radio Shack was using “Christmas” well before the end of October. In a press release dated October 22, Radio Shack was promoting an “exclusive lineup of Christmas gifts.”

In an email to AFA this week, the company said for 2014, “RadioShack’s advertising and social media channels will reflect the spirit of the holiday which includes the use of the word “Christmas” in several of our consumer-facing communications.”

We believe this change is the direct result of your and AFA’s efforts.

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