Indiana outlaws credit card companies using codes to track firearms purchases

(The Center Square) – Indiana has joined a small group of states that have made it a crime for banks and credit card companies to track purchases of guns and ammunition through the use of a special code.

Earlier this month, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed House Bill 1084 into law. The legislation bars financial service companies from declining a transaction tied to a merchant category code designated for firearms products. Credit card companies use the codes to indicate the types of products and services being purchased by a cardholder.

State Rep. Jake Teshka, R-North Liberty, sponsored the measure. It comes roughly 18 months after the International Organization for Standardization’s Registration and Maintenance Management Group accepted a request made by a New York-based bank. Attorneys general from New York and California also supported the move, saying it would help track suspicious gun sales.

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