Operation Choke Point Comes to an End

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, praised U.S. Rep. Blaine Leuktemeyer’s (R-Mo.) legislation that puts an end to an Obama administration effort to deny financial services to businesses solely because they were labeled “high risk,” including firearms-related businesses. The bill, H.R. 2706, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 395 to 2.

NSSF Praises Passes of U.S. Rep. Luetkemeyer’s Legislation Ending  ‘Operation Choke Point’

NSSF Logo“We are deeply appreciative of Congressman Luetkemeyer’s perseverance and commitment to ending ‘Operation Choke Point’ once and for all,” said Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “Congressman Luetkemeyer recognized the essential unfairness and abuse of power inherent in the overreach of the federal financial services regulators involved. We respect the right of financial institutions to make business decisions based on objective criteria. It is unacceptable, however, to discriminate against businesses simply because they are engaged in the lawful commerce of firearms, an activity protected by the Second Amendment.”

Operation Choke Point involved the Department of Justice, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and other executive branch financial service regulatory agencies in an initiative to restrict the provision of financial services deemed at “high risk” of conducting illegal activity, that was in reality simply out of favor with a highly political Obama administration. The operation targeted negatively affected many businesses, including those in the firearms, ammunition and related industries.

“Over the past several years, I have led the effort to combat Operation Choke Point, the Department of Justice and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-led initiative that sought to cut off legal businesses from the financial services they need to survive,” Luetkemeyer said in a statement. “It is simple: the federal government should not be able to intimidate financial institutions into dropping entire sectors of the economy as customers, based not on risk or evidence of wrongdoing, but purely on personal and political motivations. I thank Chairman Hensarling for ensuring this legislation was brought to the House floor and my colleagues for putting an end to this dangerous precedent.”

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5 Comments On This Article

  1. The headline is rather premature, since the bill must still be approved by the Senate and signed by the President. But the House vote suggests that those hurdles will be overcome easily, so this is good news.

  2. The persons who came up with that program should be charged with violating the civil rights of any affected individual. The victims got no due process.

  3. Anyone that lost business because of this atrocity, including Obama, Holder, and heads of DOJ should have the opportunity to take those clowns to court.

  4. It’s about time…too bad we couldn’t also do away with Eric, lied to congress, Holder also know as Mr Fast and Furious…….he was a major supporter of Operation Choke Point, sorta sounds like something that should be applied to him…………….

  5. If I, or any other common U.S. citizen, had committed some of the anti-constitutional, criminal atrocities that have been committed by Barack Insane Obama, I would have been put in prison years ago. Why is HE not now in prison??!!!