Authorize.net Refuses Business to Gun Sellers
by Alina C.
Authorize.net/CyberSource, which is a subsidiary of Visa, cited “the sale of firearms or any similar product” as the reason for ceasing its business relationship with Hyatt Gun Shop of North Carolina.
Hyatt Gun Shop is the nation’s largest gun seller. However, when they signed a service agreement with Authorize.net FOUR years ago, the folks over at Authorize.net had some sort of brain malfunction, causing them to not realize the name and type of business they were entering into a contract with.
Authorize.net sent the following:
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.
Seeing as how this is in their “acceptable use” policy, one can conclude that this is across the board for all gun sellers.
I’m not one to call for boycotts. Everyone has the option of doing business with places that use Authorize.net, so that’s for you, the individual, to decide.
I’m a capitalist, so I like when good people make a profit. I’m all about BUYcotts. If you’re in the NC area (or even if you’re not, as they have a “shop online” link), visit http://www.hyattgunstore.com. They’ve since switched to a gun-friendly service provider that offers all the same security features expected when doing card transactions.
As far as Authorize.net/VISA go, I just have this to say:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.