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America’s Largest Gun Shop Abruptly Dropped by Credit Card Co. — and the Reason Will Have You Shaking Your Head in Disbelief

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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The Hyatt Gun Shop of Charlotte, N.C., has been doing business for the last four years with  a subsidiary of Visa — a key Obama campaign donor — that specializes in credit card transactions.

But the subsidiary, Authorize.net/CyberSource, reportedly has ended its relationship with the nation’s largest gun store for a reason that might get you scratching your head.

Because the Hyatt Gun Shop sells, well, guns.

Americas Largest Gun Store    Hyatt Gun Shop    Abruptly Dropped by Credit Card Co. for Selling Guns

Image source: Hyatt Gun Shop web site

The Authorize.net email said that gun sales violated a section of the service agreement it signed with the gun shop, reportedly after Hyatt detailed its sales and products — and, you know, its name – according to the Washington Examiner.

“We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Justin Anderson, Hyatt’s marketing director, who added it took a week and thousands of dollars to line up a “gun friendly” credit card processor for online sales.

More from the Examiner:

The brushoff of Hyatt’s business has sparked a national boycott effort against Authorize.net and parent company CyberSource organized by the website Grass Roots North Carolina. “It looks like the small but noisy anti-gun crowd has gotten to what must be a jelly-spined PR department at CyberSource and Authorize.Net. Either that, or leadership at these companies have simply become anti-gun all on their own,” said the website in announcing the boycott.

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 two weeks after the Washington Navy Yard shootings which were followed by President Obama’s plea for more gun control.

Several Visa executives contributed to the president’s re-election campaign, the Examiner notes, adding that their total was $21,780, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Here’s the email notice from Authorize.net:

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.

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

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by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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PinkButterfly66
by Bronze Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:26 PM
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Good.  We need to see more of this.  The NRA owns the Republican party and we will never see them pass sensible gun reform.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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You know..if people can't sell guns or buy guns because of this administration wanting gun control..by way of WHOEVER...I say maybe it's time to not pay anymore taxes.  If you (general you) are going to take away rights of citizens and their right to capitalism and/or buying guns (even by third parties)..maybe your idea of the constitution and/or there lack of doing things needs to be aborted also. It's time..actaully WAY past time to boycott this administration. Didn't the tax payers PAY for bullets..and/or arms going to Syria/Mexico..or did it come out of Obama's pocket?

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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 What part of the words 'free enterprise' do you not comprehend?

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Good.  We need to see more of this.  The NRA owns the Republican party and we will never see them pass sensible gun reform.

 

PinkButterfly66
by Bronze Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM
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And Visa is free to do business with whomever it wants.

Quoting grandmab125:

 What part of the words 'free enterprise' do you not comprehend?

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Good.  We need to see more of this.  The NRA owns the Republican party and we will never see them pass sensible gun reform.

 


SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 29, 2013 at 2:24 AM
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Dumb credit card company - but making a perfectly legal decision.

And LUCKILY:

1)  A smarter vendor will take their place.

2) Hyatt's sales will go through the roof during the next 12 months. Obama and this credit card company are amazingly successful gun marketing geniuses.



Carpy
by Platinum Member on Sep. 29, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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I will be watching for their logo.  But I don't buy much online.

29again
by Gold Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I know they CAN do this.  But it will be a big mistake on Visa's end.  There is still Mastercard, Discover, and AmEx...  No doubt one of them will see the rise in gun sales, and be more than happy to extend a credit line to this company.

I wonder how many consumers have already cut up their visa cards.  This will backfire.

-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 1:30 AM
Good
erika9009
by Silver Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 2:13 AM
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Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Good.  We need to see more of this.  The NRA owns the Republican party and we will never see them pass sensible gun reform.


And someone will jump right in and take the business.  Then, the company that dropped them will have to figure a way to make up the business or answer to the share holders on why their profits are down.

They can surely choose who they want to do business with.  You just have to hope they can find other business.  If not, the gun shop keeps going and the card company goes away.

What's odd it that it's taken them 4 yrs to realize this.  If there was political pressure from Democrats, you then have lost America. 


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JanuaryBaby06
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Well they do have a right to do this. I kind of almost find this situation funny. Economy wise this probably was not the best decision. While I applaud them for attempting (at-least surface wise) to think with their heart or conscious instead of their wallet it could have done this a whole hell of a lot better this is just going to bump up gun sales.

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