The country’s largest gun store will lose its credit card processor this week, for allegedly violating a section of their service agreement that barred them from selling firearms.
After four years in business with the Visa owned Authorize.net, Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Gun Shop, received an email indicating that the company would no longer provide its services due to “the sale of firearms or any similar product.”
The email reads:
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.
Hyatt’s massive online store will also lose its ability to process credit card transactions, giving the store only a few days to find a new processing company before Authorize.net terminates their business relationship.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” Hyatt Marketing Director Justin Anderson told the Washington Examiner.
Many believe the move is related to President Obama’s recent gun control push following the Navy Yard tragedy, as well as the fact that several top executives at Visa donated to Obama’s re-election efforts. Grass Roots North Carolina, know as the state’s only ‘no-compromise’ gun rights organization, called for an immediate boycott of Authorize.net and began an email and phone campaign to “respectfully tell them that treating honest, law-abiding businessmen and women as though they are doing something immoral or illegal is not acceptable.”
Hyatt released a similar statement on their website asking customers to support them by boycotting Authorize.net for their transparent discrimination.
“Credit card gateway Authorize.net has indeed refused to continuing doing business with us simply because we sell guns. We urge all of you who shop online to boycott any web site displaying the Authorize.net or Cybersource logo. We have since switched to a gun-friendly provider that offers all of the same security features you’d expect.”
After learning of Authorize.net’s actions, Phil Bentz, owner of Stone Castle Photography in Washington state, told Storyleak that he plans to switch credit card companies as soon as possible.
“As a business that uses Authorize.net to process all of our credit card transactions, we just wanted to let our customers know that we don’t believe in this type of business tactic against law abiding citizens and businesses. We are cutting all ties with Authorize.net.”
Authorize.net has refused to comment on the situation.