One of the most-argued topics of the past few years involves the Second Amendment — and it has become a hugely polarizing issue.
Certain states remain very strict about their gun rights and laws, while others are taking more of a freedom-based approach to the Constitution.
And one state is looking out for an often overlooked group: firearms sellers.
Arizona is one of those states that could swing either way in the 2024 presidential election. It was one of the last to be decided back in 2020.
But this is a decidedly “red” bill that Rep. Frank Carroll has presented, and those who unwaveringly support 2A are definitely on board.
It involves banks and gun sellers, and to those with knowledge of the matter, this is a hugely important step.
Via The Daily Wire:
Arizona banks may soon be barred from discriminating against businesses in the firearms industry.
Under a new bill, HB2473, banks would be prohibited from receiving government contracts if they don’t pledge to avoid discriminating against those in the firearms industry.
Last month, Ruger Firearms VPO Tim Lowney revealed that the company’s decades-long relationship with Bank of America was abruptly ended.
They were told that because they were in the firearms industry, the bank would no longer do business with them.
This is a huge blow and it could hit Arizona particularly hard, as there are over 400 Ruger employees in that state. And it doesn’t just end here.
Lowney claims that Ruger has faced similar problems with other institutions, and other gun sellers are having a tough time as well.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has seen other laws across the country come into play, due specifically to this problem. Said NSSF Public Affairs Director Mark Oliva:
You are born with your inherent right to exercise your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
That right doesn’t exist unless you have the ability to go down to a gun counter and buy a gun.
Unless you have the right to go down and lawfully obtain a firearm, that right is on paper only.
Some banks have policies that limit or even stop any business with companies or individuals in the firearms industry, and that’s wrong according to 2A supporters.
The bottom line is that if it’s in the Constitution, there should be no bias and discrimination at the business level.
That’s what this bill hopes to erase in Arizona.
- Arizona is trying to pass a bill that stops banks from discriminating against firearm manufacturers and sellers.
- Ruger Firearms claims they lost their business with Bank of America because of this.
- The NSSF adds that you don’t really have a Second Amendment right unless you can lawfully obtain a firearm.
Source: The Daily Wire