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What is it with the Bank of America and Guns?

by Robert W. Hunnicutt   |  January 8th, 2013 13

Last April, we flogged the Bank of America for canceling the credit card handling arrangements of Phoenix-based McMillan Firearms. BoA got what it deserved on that one, with some quite large depositors removing their funds and a number of businesses canceling accounts.

Apparently, the lesson of that was not learned, because BoA is back at it in the same area. SGN advertiser American Spirit Arms of Scottsdale, Ariz. was shocked to receive a communication that BoA was freezing its deposits in the middle of the current buying frenzy. As owner Joe Sirochman reported on his Facebook page  he was told that BoA was hanging onto his funds because “we believe you should not be selling guns and parts on the Internet.”

An aroused Sirochman pointed out that he is a federally licensed manufacturer selling a legal product, in the case of guns, though FFL dealers. He demanded his funds be cut loose, and after a couple weeks of argumentation with BoA functionaries, eventually got them, though a bit at a time and with extreme reluctance by the bank.

You might have dismissed the McMillan case as an aberration, but this repeat performance leaves no doubt. BoA, if not explicitly anti-gun, is somehow giving its employees the notion that it’s OK to screw with people in the gun business. It’s time to screw with BoA. If you have an account with them, move it. If you have one of their credit cards, cut it up. If you have stocks at Merrill, Lynch, find a new broker. If you don’t, you’re letting your money work against your rights.

  • Turkey

    I asked my bank if they had a problem with me selling firearms. Not a problem. Have 4 accounts at Wells Fargo. BOA is a scuz bucket racist organization. I can't relly prove the racist, but Armando did everything he could to keep me out of a house. I have my house and sell guns out of it, through my FFL, and wells Fargo also has my mortgage! If your with BOA, take what you get!

  • Paul

    "What is it with the Bank of America and Guns?"

    Maybe you should ask someone from outside the US.
    Only Americans and terrorists are such crazy for guns!!!

    • Heretic

      We Americans care little for the opinions of slaves.

    • Paul

      "You idiot! This has nothing to do with guns."
      -> Look at the headline… Obviously it has something to do with guns.

      "BoA has taken it upon themselves to infringe upon the sale of a legal product and the rights of a business owner to sell them."
      -> Maybe American Spirit Arms' business is legal but obviously BoA regard at least parts of that business as morally questionable. I share their opinion.

      "Do you care that this could happen to you no matter what product you sell if you bank with BoA?! What if the morons at BoA had a problem with the sale of something that you were selling in a legal manner regardless of what that "legal" product is?"
      -> Actually I work for a company that is a BoA customer. And not a single person in this company is afraid that BoA could cancel our credit card handling arrangements or something.

      "By the way, I don't care what anyone outside the US does or thinks about what we do here."
      -> And that is the basis of the problem. People outside the US realize exactly that: "No matter what we do or say, those Americans just don't care". This leads to a feeling of helplessness/Powerlessness and that feeling may people do things like taking flight training lessons…

      Think about it. What you do matters – even if you don't care.

    • Joseph Kimrey

      Why would we want an opinion from outside the U.S.? Your opinion is neither valued or solicited here. "Such crazy for guns"? Your tenuous grasp of the English language makes it obvious that you don't possess the necessary level of intelligence to participate in OUR discussion.

    • blow

      hey paul will you just blow me you worthless faggot

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    • Freedom Fighter

      Maybe people outside America should mind their own business. You can keep your socialist government, we won't have it here. I remind you, no one is trying to get out of our country, they are all trying to get in. Ask yourself why!

  • Heretic

    I would like to remind people that the Bank of America was the Bank of Italy until they were outed as a fascist organization at the outbreak of WW2.

  • Starky

    As with all large companies B.o.A. is following along with what ever orders are coming down from the powers that be with B.o A. Find out who sits at the top and what there political views are or the views of the largest depositers and you will have your answers. The best way to send a mesage is pull your monies out of any thing to do with B. o A. and anything they are associated with.

  • bob rayburn

    There is an avalanche of evidence that Obama has committed numerous crimes against the Constitution. Here are only a few examples:
    •He violated the Constitution by appointing executive branch officials when the Senate was not in recess.
    •He approved leaks of sensitive national security information for purely political gain.
    •He violated congressional authority by ordering an end to the lawful deportation of illegal immigrants.
    •He signed the Dodd-Frank financial “reform” bill created the so-called Financial Protection Bureau and Financial Stability Oversight Council, bureaucratic monstrosities that are now engaged in unchecked and unconstitutional economic action without consulting Congress.
    •He violated the Constitution’s Takings and Due Process Clauses when he bullied the secured creditors of automaker Chrysler into accepting 30 cents on the dollar while political connected labor unions and preferential others better deals.
    •He ordered or personally approved grants and contracts to private companies as a payoff for political campaign support.
    •He violates the role of Congress. Article 1.1 makes it clear that only Congress is authorized to make law, meaning it has every right to alter, amend and change the health care law. Language in the bill says the health care law may NOT be changed or amended by anyone once signed into law.
    •He violates the 10th Amendment because it coerces states into complying with a new national program that reaches far into state jurisdiction.
    •He signed into law the NDAA with a provision allowing the military to indefinitely detain American citizens. “He will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said the executive director of the ACLU, Anthony Romero.
    •He violated Article II of the Constitution provides the president with three options when presented with legislation — do nothing, sign the bill, or veto it in its entirety. Not signing a large number of executive orders.
    •He violated section 9 of the Constitution: No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
    •He allowing the FCC to grab the Internet. The Telecommunications Act gives the FCC authority over wire and broadcasting, but not broadband. Congress and a federal appeals court rejected the FCC’s claims of authority, yet the FCC released “net neutrality” rules in December 2010. This violates the First Amendment’s protection of free speech. The FCC has no more authority over the Internet than it does over the musings of Joe Biden.
    •He violates the first amendment rights (example Jim and Judy dyer.)
    •He violated the first amendment rights creation of an email address to report citizens – blatant attempts to silence and use old Socialist and Soviet style intimidation.
    •He violates the second amendment against responsible gun owners.
    •He ordered the attack on Libya, a country that hasn’t attacked the United States — without congressional approval. (Violation of Articles I and II War Power Act)
    •He conspired with the Muslim Brother hood , Hamas enemies of America.
    •Obama undoubtedly has knowledge of and has approved Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano’s project to require Border Patrol management to falsify apprehension numbers on the southwest border. This is a clear violation of Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution, which requires the federal government to protect the country against foreign invasion.
    •Obama is an obvious participant and co-conspirator in Eric Holder’s approval and later cover-up of the illegal “Fast and Furious” gun-walking program. Unlike the Watergate case, people have actually died as a result of this illegal program.
    •The president’s open refusal to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act is a violation of Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution, which does not authorize the president to choose which laws to “faithfully execute.” The oath taken by a new president on Inauguration Day does not say, “… to defend the Constitution of the United States… to the best of my ability except when I disagree with it.”
    •He use offensive military force without authorization of an act of Congress, “it is the sense of Congress” that such an act would be “an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.”

    The list goes on! These are not mere policy disagreements. Any president of any party who behaves in this manner ought to be removed through the constitutional prescribed manner – impeachment.We are now at that point of our history, Obama and his un-constitutional Administration have taken Our Constitution and are in the midst of rewriting it right under our noses. My question is quite simple, yet hard to define the answer, “What are we going to do about it”

  • Aron Marquis

    It is what I wanted to know. After all I am so pleased to get this information of the Bank of America. I know that a bank is a financial institution and a financial intermediary that accepts deposits and channels those deposits into lending activities, either directly by loaning. After reading this content I can say that it would come to help us in the future. Thanks and inform like this…

  • Aghon Aghon

    It is what
    I wanted to know. After all I am so pleased to get this information of the Bank
    of America. I know that a bank is a financial institution and a financial
    intermediary that accepts deposits and channels those deposits into lending
    activities, either directly by loaning. After reading this content I can say
    that it would come to help us in the future. Thanks and inform like this…

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