NEW YORK STATE (WRGB) — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been busy lately, Sunday calling on the federal government to speed up the process in tracking purchases of guns and ammo.
This effort is particularly geared towards large scale purchases of firearms and ammunition. It was back in September that merchant category codes were approved to be implemented for gun retailers. Gillibrand, a Democrat, says getting institutions to report these purchases is the priority, asking for guidelines for financial institutions, law enforcement and retailers so they can report suspicious firearm purchases.
“While no two instances of gun violence are the same, this is the common-sense solution to an absurd and unnecessary problem. Implementing a merchant category code for gun stores is just one of the many tools at our disposal to stop the spread of gun violence. But it is a critical one and countless lives of Americans depend on it.”
This has been a major partisan issue, Republicans arguing the sales code for gun merchants infringes on gun owners’ constitutional rights.
These same merchant codes are used in businesses like grocery stores, tech companies and furniture, and show up on your credit card statement.