On Tuesday, November 14th, the Senate Veterans and Public Safety Committee will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 148, The Second Amendment Privacy Act, a bill to prohibit the use of firearm-related Merchant Category Codes.
In September 2022, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved a Merchant Category Code (MCC) for firearm retailers. Since the ISO’s decision, NRA-ILA has worked to alert financial industry stakeholders to gun owners’ concerns, and urged state lawmakers and attorneys general to address this matter. To date, several states and their attorneys general have taken important steps to protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights and privacy. In the first half of 2023, several states enacted legislation prohibiting or discouraging use of the firearm retailer MCC.
SB 148 will protect gun owner data relating to payment card transactions involving firearms and ammunition retailers.
The public hearing will be held at 3:00PM tomorrow. Please encourage your friends, family, and other Second Amendment advocates to tell committee members to support SB 148. Please stay tuned to the NRA-ILA website and your inbox for updates as this legislation progresses.