Gun maker blames Obama administration for blocking sales


Reuters / Brian Blanco

An Oregon gun manufacturer is blaming the Obama administration for blocking its ability to process orders for parts. This is despite the fact that it claims to have done nothing wrong.

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Specifically, Calico Light Weapons Systems is pointing the finger at “Operation Choke Point” – a Justice Department initiative rolled out in 2013 intended to crack down on companies involved in fraud or money laundering and obstruct their access to banks.

Many gun rights advocates, however, claim the program is putting firearms retailers and related business in the crosshairs simply for political reasons.

Calico owner Chris Holmgren on Thursday toldTheBlaze that Operation Choke Point is responsible for the fact that his company’s ability to process credit card transactions with its traditional credit card company has been blocked.

“I am certain that this is the work of Operation Choke Point, and that my company was targeted because it is considered a ‘high risk’ by the Department of Justice and FDIC, even though we do nothing illegal,” he told the website.

The problem reportedly revolves around Calico’s use of the internet for sales. It is illegal to sell firearms online in the United States, and this is the reason cited by Holmgren’s credit card company for his inability to process transactions.

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