‘This flagrant disregard for American citizens and their God-given Second Amendment rights cannot be tolerated…’
(Brendan Clarey, Liberty Headlines) Sixteen U.S. congressmen have written a letter to the General Services Administration imploring them not to contract with Citibank, after the company announced weapons restrictions for clients that sell them.
Representative Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) took the lead on the letter and signed it with 15 other Congress members, calling for the GSA to rebid its deal with Citibank, worth more than $700 billion, according to the letter.
The congressman argued that because Citibank is infringing on citizens’ rights, the company shouldn’t receive federal contracts.
“This flagrant disregard for American citizens and their God-given Second Amendment rights cannot be tolerated,” Rokita said in a press release Thursday. “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.”
Citibank’s new policies require clients to require background checks, restrict sales to those under the age of 21, as well as no longer sell “bump stocks,” which make semi-automatic weapons fire at a higher rate of speed, or high capacity magazines, according to Reuters.
Citigroup (parent company of Citibank) CEO Michael Corbat told Reuters the new policy “was designed to respect the rights of responsible gun owners while helping to keep firearms out of the wrong hands.”
But Rep. Rokita and the other congressman argued the restrictions unconstitutionally restrict customer’s rights.
“Citibank’s new guidelines penalize clients who do not align their sales policies to match the lender’s restrictive new commercial firearms policy,” the letter reads. “These restrictions run counter to laws and regulations passed by Congress, and they infringe and discriminate against an individual’s Second Amendment rights.”
As Liberty Headlines reported earlier this week, Bank of America announced Tuesday that it will no longer provide money to manufacturers of AR-15 rifles in an effort to reduce mass shootings.
“It’s our intention not to finance these military-style firearms for civilian use,” said Anne Finucane, who handles Bank of America’s social initiatives, in a television interview with Bloomberg. “We want to contribute in any way we can to reduce these mass shootings.”