Visa Pledges to Process Gun Sales as Long as People Can Buy Guns

Kiley Russell (L) speaks to salesman Jason Zielinski as she she gets information about buy
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Visa chairman and CEO Alfred Kelly says his company will continue to process gun sales as long as buying guns is a legal activity.

CNBC reports that Kelly made clear Visa is not in the business of legislating, but of financing. He observed, “If we start to get in the mode of being legislators it’s a very slippery slope. We shouldn’t be determining what’s right or wrong in terms of people’s purchases.”

Kelly added, “We shouldn’t tell people they can’t purchase a 32-ounce soda. We shouldn’t tell people they can’t buy reproductive drugs.”

Visa took a similar stand in the wake of the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting. While other financial institutions moved to cut ties with semiautomatic rifle makers Visa stood its ground, making clear it is not in the business of “[setting] restrictions on the sale of lawful goods and services.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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