PA Bill Number: HB532
Title: In firearms and other dangerous articles, providing for safe storage of a firearm when residing with a person not to possess a firearm.
Description: In firearms and other dangerous articles, providing for safe storage of a firearm when residing with a person not to possess a firearm. ...
Last Action: Referred to JUDICIARY
Last Action Date: Feb 19, 2019
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Another Bank Joins Those Who Won't Do Business With Gun Makers :: 10/10/2018
The battle over our Second Amendment rights has never been hotter, despite a pro-gun party holding both chambers of Congress and the White House. Anti-gunners have shifted gears, trying to create a culture of hostility toward guns in American culture. One of their greatest moves to date is recruiting financial institutions to help make life difficult for gun makers to do business.
It looks like another bank has joined their ranks.
From a press release from Spike’s Tactical:
APOPKA, Fla. – Representatives from Fifth Third Bank visited Spike’s Tactical, a Florida based firearm manufacturer, last Tuesday to inform them that the bank was discreetly planning to exit the banking sector for gun-related businesses.
According to Spike’s Tactical co-owner Angela Register, the bank representative informed her and their chief financial officer that their business line of credit would not be renewed and encouraged them to find a new bank to hold their accounts, even mentioning that their commercial mortgage should be transferred or it could potentially be called early.
“This is frightening because yet again, we’re continuing to see the Second Amendment under attack in more and more places,” said Register. “It also seems completely hypocritical that institutions, which have been and continue to be protected by guns, are now attacking the very industry that is often their first line of defense.”
Fifth Third Bank, which according to Forbes is one of the largest banking institutions in the U.S., has now apparently joined a growing list of banks, which are choosing to no longer do business with firearms manufacturers.
Earlier this year, Bank of America and CitiGroup, announced they would also begin restricting their business dealings with gun-related companies.
As a result of the decision made by Fifth Third, Spike’s is now looking for a new bank to help them manage their multi-million-dollar yearly revenue.
Banking is not the only angle where firearms manufacturers and dealers have been under attack. Companies like YouTube, Facebook, Shopify, Google, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods have all made recent moves to restrict or prohibit gun-related business.
“We understand that the gun industry is not a protected class and that banks and other businesses can choose to not do business with us, but we also believe that customers should know if that vendor has decided to enter the political arena and they’ve taken a stand against guns,” said Register. “Additionally, this is yet another example that the market is beginning to look highly lucrative for companies to emerge that will solely support the gun industry, which is estimated at $51 billion per year and employs more than 300,000 people in the U.S.”
About Spike’s Tactical
Spike’s Tactical was founded the day before 9/11 by Mike and Angela Register and is headquartered in Apopka, Florida. The family-owned business employs around 40 people and all products are made exclusively in the USA and assembled in Florida. Spike’s Tactical is regarded as one of the premier AR-15 manufacturers in the world. Their mission is to build the highest quality products and offer them at the best possible price to the consumer. Spike’s Tactical weapons are designed to military specifications for civilian, law enforcement and military use. All products manufactured by Spike’s Tactical feature a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty.
Honestly, this is getting ridiculous. Spike’s Tactical is a business that has committed no crimes at all, yet anti-gunners are treating it as a criminal.
I tend to believe that businesses can do business with whoever they want to do business with, but I can’t help but notice how those who support this nonsense also think a baker should be legally required to bake cakes for weddings that go against his Christian values. The rank hypocrisy of this is disgusting, for one thing.
What these dipsticks don’t get is that if they keep this up, pro-gun activists will start pressuring lawmakers to provide protections for the firearm industry. That’s the last thing anyone should want, but it’s what’s going to happen.
Unless, as Register notes, an industry emerges that looks to take care of the gun industry’s financial needs. That’s a definite possibility, and I suspect even those companies who haven’t had issues with their banking may look to jump ship to prevent anything from happening.
While that’s unlikely to put a big dent in the rest of the banking industry’s business, if that industry also catered to gun owners as well, it might. After all, there sure are an awful lot of us. If we all jumped ship and supported an industry dedicated to our constitutional rights, I can’t help but think these guys would feel the pinch then.
Just a thought.
Tom Knighton is a Navy veteran, a former newspaperman, a novelist, and a blogger and lifetime shooter. He lives with his family in Southwest Georgia. https://bearingarms.com/author/tomknighton/