Are firearms, ammo companies high risk?


Lee’s note: This is disturbing, and I think Operation Choke Point is poised for the same level of notoriety as Operation Fast and Furious.

It appears the financial sector is being pressured by the federal government to disassociate itself from gun and ammunition manufacturers.

NSSF Issues Statement on ‘Operation Choke Point’

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) today issued the following statement:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has been investigating the possible role of nssfthe federal government in influencing banks in their lending and business banking relationship decisions regarding companies in our industry. We have heard from several industry members that they had banking relationships terminated by their lending institutions.

We respect the right of financial institutions to make business decisions based on objective criteria. It is unacceptable, however, to discriminate against businesses simply because they are engaged in the lawful commerce of firearms, an activity protected by the Second Amendment.

NSSF staff has met with members of the House Financial Services Committee and members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee concerning several documents that have surfaced from the FDIC labeling companies in the firearms and ammunition industry as “high risk.”

As a result, we have worked with U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and expect that he will offer today an amendment to the FY15 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which would prevent federal funds from being used as part of “Operation Choke Point” or in any effort targeting companies involved in the lawful commerce in firearms.

We will continue to investigate the extent of any improper government involvement and will update our members as more information becomes available.

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit



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  2. More paranoia. Banks and financial institutions make decisions based on risk and reward, profit and loss. Gun rights in this country rival those in Somalia with only minimal restrictions. However, keep ginning up the specter of the “evil” federal government scheming to deny the citizenry its constitutional rights. It’s working for you. After all, it’s about increasing those sales. Right?

  3. Yup, they’re coming to take your guns (and ammo) aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaany day now.

    Repeat, ad nauseum.

  4. What more can one expect from “the trade association for the firearms industry”?
    Are online gun and ammo dealers at high risk of fraud?
    There’s no requirement for any kind of background check for online sales in most places.
    Not only are they at high risk of fraud, they’re at high risk of selling guns to the next mass murderer, as well.
    Two birds w/ one stone.

  5. to odrade: A response to your commet is necessary. ANy firearm purchased online…unless done so criminally….must be conducted through a 01 FFL licensed firearms dealer. If I purchase a firearm from an on-line seller, that firearm, after payment is received, must be shipped to a loacl 03 FFL in my area. When the firearm arrives, that dealer will conduct the required ackground check. I even had to do this when I was in Arizona and had a friend ship me one of my own firearms! If the sale is done within one’s home state and private firearms sales are legal, then the firearm may ship directly to an individual. But a face to face transaction would be better. Please do not make statements that are false.

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