Obama’s Operation Choke Point Tries to Close another Legal Gun Store

With the proper licenses and approvals, anyone can open and operate a gun store where they can buy and sell guns, ammunition and accessories. It is a perfectly legal and legitimate business and has been part of the American culture since first colonial days.

However, if Barack Obama has his way, he will force all legally owned and operated gun stores to close their doors and go out of business. This is part of his subversive plan to disarm Americans and strip them of their constitutional rights to bear arms and to operate a legal business.

Since most of Obama’s anti-gun legislation has failed to be passed, he has turned to more behind the scenes efforts to stop the sale of firearms in the United States. His program is called Operation Choke Point and it works by forcing banks and credit unions to stop handling accounts for anyone operating a firearm related business.

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In 2013, Operation Choke Point was launched by the Department of Justice. Supposedly, they are using this to investigate banks and the companies they do business with that the DOJ deems as a high risk for fraud. Among the businesses deemed as high risk by the FDIC are: firearms, ammunition, fireworks, lottery sales, life-time memberships, coin dealers, home-based charities, money transfer networks, telemarketing, tobacco sales, credit repair services and others.

By declaring these types of industries as high risk, it puts pressure on the banks and other financial institutions to not lend them money. If the banks do lend them the money, they stand a chance of being penalized by the federal government.

Last year the House passed a measure to defund Operation Choke Point but it failed to pass the Democratic controlled Senate. Now such a measure would clearly be passed by both, but it is almost a certainty that Obama would veto any bill hindering his disarmament of America.

Operation Choke Point has been used to close hundreds of legitimate business and gun shops, but some are starting to fight back. Mike Schuetz is one of those who is determined not allow the DOJ to shut down his small gun shop. After working for the state of Wisconsin for eight years as a probation and parole officer, Schuetz opened a small gun shop and private investigation business in Hawkins, Wisconsin.

He had been doing business with the Heritage Credit Union and used them to set up his business account for Hawkins Guns LLC. Then last November, the credit union informed him that he had to come in and close his business account. He posted the following on his Facebook page:

“Sorry I had to close this afternoon shortly. You will never guess why? I received a call from Heritage Credit Union in Hawkins, where I set up my business account for Hawkins Guns. They told me I had to close the account because they do not service companies that deal in guns. This is just a back door way for those wanting to infringe upon your rights to keep and bear arms and is nothing more than discrimination to gun owners. I have closed the account and am going to a more freedom loving bank to give my business. This will delay my ability to accept credit cards, but in time all will be straightened out. I would highly suggest questioning who you are allowing to house your hard earned money. If you choose to close an account there let them know why!”

Schuetz wasn’t satisfied with what he was being told and insisted on speaking to management. He recorded some of the subsequent conversations where it was revealed to him that they had to close his account or face bank examiners and more bank auditing. He recorded the regional manager telling him:

“Examiners from NCUA [the National Credit Union Administration] came in and looked at our accounts … looked at our books. Here’s some accounts that we feel that we’re going to regulate you on … and kinda put the screws to us as far as what we could and couldn’t do. The regulatory and compliance issues that we said earlier are true. We never used to have to do that stuff.”

Sources in the Justice Department deny that Operation Choke Point is being used to target legitimate businesses, but evidence says they are.

Obama is using Operation Choke Point to destroy the firearm industry, but some say he only has two years left in office. But what if Hillary Clinton wins the White House in 2016? She is just as anti-gun as Obama. She had fully endorsed all of the United Nations proposals and treaties to outlaw private ownership of virtually all firearms.

If liberals can use Operation Choke Point for this purpose, then what will stop them from using it to target conservatives and Christians like they used the IRS for? What would you do if you found that no bank wanted your business because you are a patriotic Christian who loves God and country? If they can do this to legal businesses, it’s only a small step to include individuals like you and me.

We all need to get our politicians in Washington to take immediate action to stop Operation Choke Point as soon as possible. We also need to make sure that a Democrat does not win the White House in 2016 or you can kiss most of the rest of your rights away.

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