Less than a month after Citibank announced new gun-related restrictions for its client businesses, a group of Republican congressmen is calling for a $700 billion federal credit card program contract with Citibank to be terminated. The 16 members of Congress have requested that the General Services Administration (GSA) re-evaluate the agreement because of Citibank’s “anti-Second Amendment policies.”
Citibank announced new restrictions regarding how client businesses needed to handle activities related to firearms sales, including banning firearm sales to individuals under the age of 21, prohibiting the sale of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines, and requiring completed background checks for all gun sales, on March 22.
The new rules set forth by Citibank were applied “across the firm, including to small business, commercial and institutional clients, as well as credit card partners, whether co-brand or private label.”
It does not restrict what cardholders can purchase with their credit cards.
The restrictions put in place by Citibank go well beyond what is required of gun retailers and other firearms-related businesses based on federal law.
In response to Citibank’s announcement, the group of Congressmen is asking that the SmartPay 3 credit card contract, worth $700 billion, that was awarded to the bank be reevaluated and even nullified.
“This flagrant disregard for American citizens and their God-given Second Amendment rights cannot be tolerated,” said Rep. Todd Rokita in a statement, according to a report by Blue Lives Matter.
“Those who seek to undermine those God-given rights do not deserve taxpayer dollars and should be denied federal contracts. Congress has sworn to uphold the Constitution, and it is paramount that we stand united for the American people and their right to bear arms,” he added.
The 16 Congressmen all signed a letter that was sent to the GSA regarding Citibank’s contract.
“This flagrant attempt to undermine our fundamental rights by caving to radicals should not be endorsed by our federal government. The federal government should instead do business with companies that respect all of our constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment,” the letter read.
“GSA should take all necessary steps to review and terminate its contract with Citibank unless they rescind their guidelines, and rebid the SmartPay 3 contract.”