A proposed regulation to ensure that national banks and federal savings associations provide fair access to financial services is being opposed by anti-gunners who want to prevent firearms manufacturers from obtaining operating capitol, a top industry official says.
The proposal comes from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. That office is soliciting public opinion and comments must be received on or before Jan. 4, 2021.
The proposed rule would benefit far more than gun makers, Lawrence Keane at the National Shooting Sports Foundation acknowledged. Self-appointed social justice warriors are also attempting to dry up capitol for energy producers such as coal and oil companies, as mentioned in the proposed order. Here’s a section of the proposal:
“These banks are often reacting to pressure from advocates from across the political spectrum whose policy objectives are served when banks deny certain categories of customers access to financial services. The pressure on banks has come from both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors of the economy and targeted a wide and varied range of individuals, companies, organizations, and industries. For example, there have been calls for boycotts of banks that support certain health care and social service providers, including family planning organizations, and some banks have reportedly denied financial services to customers in these industries. Some banks have reportedly ceased to provide financial services to owners of privately owned correctional facilities that operate under contracts with the Federal Government and various state governments. Makers of shotguns and hunting rifles have reportedly been debanked in recent years.
“Independent, nonbank automated teller machine operators that provide access to cash settlement and other operational accounts, particularly in low-income communities and thinly-populated rural areas, have been affected. Globally, there have been calls to de-bank large farming operations and other agricultural business. And companies that operate in industries important to local economies and the national economy have been cut off from access to financial services, including those that operate in sectors of the nation’s infrastructure ‘‘so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.”
“It’s wrong for banks to discriminate against a lawful industry,” Keane said via telephone. “Companies go out of business when they can’t get financing.”
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“You can’t cut off banking access to an entire industry because they make a politically incorrect, legal constitutional product,” Keane observed.
This proposed rule would stop the discrimination against the gun industry, he said.