Saying rights come from our Creator, not government and certainly not big business, a Florida politician warned credit card companies.
The Sunshine State’s Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis, noted credit card companies announced plans to track gun and ammunition sales. Patronis said putting law-abiding Americans on some kind of corporate watchlist for buying guns is disturbing.
He informed them Tuesday they will face consequences if they are tracking Florida gun purchasers when the legislature returns to regular session.
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“The second amendment is foundational to our American way of life,” Patronis said. “The idea that law-abiding Americans would be put on some kind of corporate watchlist is disturbing. Our rights come from our Creator, not the government, and especially not big corporations. It is clear that the actions by these credit card companies are part of a larger effort to curtail God-given constitutional rights of Americans. It is also symptomatic of the virus known as ESG, which is part of a global effort to socially re-engineer the country that we love so much. There is no way we are going to allow that to happen in the free state of Florida.”
“If we come to the legislative session and companies like Visa, Mastercard and American Express are generating these reports to create a chilling effect against the purchase of firearms, then I’ll work with the Legislature to pass a law penalizing businesses who are targeting the right to bear arms,” he continued. “We’ve seen a groundbreaking ruling come out of the Fifth Circuit limiting corporations’ ability to curtail American’s constitutional rights, so we are on solid legal footing to pursue a bill protecting Floridians 2nd Amendment Rights. We can also take it a step further by barring these companies from doing any business with the State of Florida. We will send a message out to these large corporations that if you are interested in doing business with Florida, you need to make sure that you’re protecting Floridians right to arm and defend themselves.”
While lawsuits are the price corporations pay to do business in a litigious America, the possibility of being banned from the state’s credit market may hit home.
Florida cardholders carry some of the highest credit card balances in the U.S., according to a LendingTree report that states the average Floridian carries more than $7,000 on plastic.
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