In late December, 2007, a large and well-known firearms dealer was informed by a company called First Data -- which operates as Citi Merchant Services under license from Citigroup, Inc. -- that it would no longer handle the dealer's credit card processing business. The company, CDNN Investments, is well known to gun owners and has been operating in Texas for decades.
In the letter from First Data, a company official informed CDNN that the account was terminated on the grounds that CDNN was selling firearms in violation of federal law -- which was, and is, completely untrue. In the letter, a company official, June Rivera-Mantilla, made a number of misstatements about the law and misrepresented CDNN's operations in general.
NRA-ILA is in the process of communicating with Citigroup and First Data to see if this problem can be corrected. We'll pass along more information about our efforts as soon as possible.
To voice your concern over this outrageous policy to Citi Merchant Services and First Data Corp., please contact First Data at (800) 735-3362.
For additional information on the issue, please visit the related National Shooting Sports Foundation's (NSSF) link at: http://www.nssf.org/news/fromBP.cfm?BPseq=704, or search NSSF's home page at: http://www.nssf.org/.