The credit processing company, Intuit has decided to stop processing any payments for gun purchases. Several gun-related businesses were suddenly disrupted in recent weeks when Intuit stopped processing credit card payments because phone and internet sales were gun-related.
Without warning, Intuit decided to just quit processing the payments. As a result, the businesses had to scramble to track down customers to get them pay their bills after Intuit credited back to customers’ accounts the purchases — even if the T-shirt was already shipped or the class was already taken, one businessman told The New York Post.
Campbell, a former Indiana sheriff, had just switched credit card processors this spring — to Intuit, the parent of TurboTax and Quicken software — when the trouble began, he said.
Intuit told Campbell it mistakenly believed firearm sales were being made directly to the customers, which it requires for such items.
Campbell explained the guns were shipped to a local dealer with a federal firearms license who ran the required background checks. Intuit was unmoved.
Campbell said if he knew of Intuit’s stance, he would have simply moved back to his previous processor. “It’s fine, it’s capitalism, and if you don’t want to do business with us, we don’t want to do business with you,” he said. –New York Post
Although Intuit didn’t comment for the NY Post’s article, they did later state: “As an American company, we respect the US Constitution and all the rights contained in it…For these transactions, our bank partner requires them to be done face-to-face…Our policy today requires the customer to be present to swipe their credit card.”
Honor Defense, a Georgia firearms maker that ships only to other dealers, had a similar experience with Intuit. Gary Ramey, president of Honor Defense, told Gun Talk radio host Tom Gresham that Intuit “reversed charges” on his customers as well.
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