Women’s Group Demands Visa, Mastercard Refuse to Process Sales From Retailers Who Sell Assault Weapons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Women’s Group Demands Visa, Mastercard Refuse to Process Sales From Retailers Who Sell Assault Weapons

After Parkland Shooting, UltraViolet Says Companies Must Act Where Washington Won’t

In the wake of the tragic Parkland school shooting, UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, is calling on Visa, Mastercard, and other major credit and bank card companies to refuse to process sales from retailers who sell assault weapons. UltraViolet notes that companies like PayPal and Apple Pay have already banned the purchase of firearms for people using their services, and argues that if Congress continues to fail on implementing legislation that will curb gun violence, it is up to banks and credit card companies to take action.

As of now, Visa, Mastercard and bank cards from JP Morgan, Citibank and Bank of America already refuse to process sales for those buying bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

More than 32,000 people — 1,200 of whom are domestic abuse survivors – have signed onto UltraViolet’s petition in just the last 24 hours.

VIEW THE PETITION HERE: https://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/cc-assault-weapons/

“While Congress lines its pockets with money from the NRA, children are being gunned down on a regular basis. Washington has done absolutely nothing to stop this senseless violence, because it would rather play politics than save lives. In short, they simply do not care,” explained Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet. “While Congress has failed to act, major credit card companies like Visa and Mastercard must help curb the epidemic of gun violence by making it harder to buy assault weapons. These companies have the power to act to help save lives—and it’s now time for them to step up and take action.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://everytownresearch.org/reports/mass-shootings-analysis/#foot_note_7

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UltraViolet is an online community of over 1,000,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media. Find out more at weareultraviolet.org