States Move to Protect Gun Owners’ Credit Card Data Privacy
By Doug Howlett
In response to the International Organization for Standardization approving a Merchant Category Code (MCC) for firearms retailers a little over a year ago, pro-gun lawmakers in three states are currently pushing forward legislation to protect the credit card data privacy of gun owners.
MCCs are used by payment processors (like Visa and Mastercard) and other financial services companies to categorize transactions. Prior to the creation of the specific code for guns, firearms retailers fell under the MCC for sporting goods stores or miscellaneous retail.
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