Action 4

Action 4 – [CREDIT CARD COMPANIES] – Ask Your Credit Card Companies to Refuse to Process Assault Rifle Sales

As we approach the April 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, let’s support the nationwide student walkouts by keeping up the pressure to reduce gun deaths from mass shootings.  

On March 22nd, Citigroup became the first big bank to set restrictions on the sale of firearms using their services. PayPal and ApplePay have also blocked the use of their service to buy any guns. We know other credit card companies can do it too–they recently blocked users from buying Bitcoin using their cards. Financial institutions are responding to consumer demands to do something about gun violence, and you can help.


Find the customer service number on the back of your credit card. Call the number and tell the customer service agent that you want your credit card company to block purchases of assault weapons.  It’s always best to speak in your own words, but here are some points to guide you.

Sample Script:

“Hello! My name is [NAME] and I’m a [CARDNAME] customer.  Citigroup took a historic step to set restrictions on gun sales–blocking sales without background checks, to customers who are under 21, and banning sales of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. Why isn’t [CARDNAME] through [BANK] leading on this issue? I want the company to follow suit and go a step further. Ban all sales of assault weapons through your bank’s card. Please communicate this to the proper decision makers.

All of the deadliest mass shootings this decade have used assault rifles like the AR-15. This has to stop, and I want my credit card provider to take action. If not, it will be easy to switch to a CitiCard.”

Extra Points:  Call VISA and MASTERCARD and tell them to block the sale of assault weapons purchased with their credit cards.

  • Seth Eisen, Mastercard Vice President of Communications: 914-249-3153
  • Nathaniel Sillin, Visa Senior Director of Public Affairs: 415-805-4892

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