President Obama’s Operation Choke Point, a dual-department mission to eliminate illegal businesses, has apparently ensnared another law-abiding gun manufacturer in its dangerous web. Critics have long pointed out that the operation is being used in sinister ways, attacking businesses the administration doesn’t like even when they haven’t done anything to run afoul of the law. Oregon-based Calico Light Weapons Systems claim their credit card company is no longer processing transactions and believes it is because of Operation Choke Point.
In a statement to the media, Calico owner Chris Holmgren says he was warned in July that his account would be closed because of “illegal activities.” The basis for the closure, according to the credit card company, is that Holmgren was breaking federal law by selling guns online. Holmgren denies the claim. “[They] thought that I sold firearms over the Internet, which I do not,” he said. He insisted that his company sold only parts online, including “screws, washers, and other soft goods.”
The credit card processor – Intuit Merchant Service – assured Holmgren that his account would be re-opened, but he said this hasn’t happened yet. “I am certain that this is the work of Operation Choke Point,” Holmgren said.
Despite Holmgren’s certainty, there is no evidence as yet that the federal government had anything to do with his account closure. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, though, and it would not come as any surprise if he turned out to be right. According to many in the know, this operation has been used to crack down on several industries that aren’t illegal but rather unpopular with the administration. If real evidence of these shenanigans comes to light, Obama and his cronies could wind up in congressional hearings. On the other hand, why would we start looking at Obama’s criminal administration starting now?
Disturbing Gun News From New York
Chris Holmgren isn’t the only one who had a disturbing run-in with the law over guns this week. Joseph Palumbo, owner of Albion Gun Shop in Albion, NY spoke with website The Blaze about his strange request from New York State Police. Palumbo says the cops gave him 24 hours to hand over a list of customers who had purchased “bullet button” AR-15s since the passage of the SAFE Act in 2013. Palumbo and many onlookers believe this could be the first step towards widespread, warrantless confiscation.
“Bullet button” AR-15 rifles are those whose magazines cannot be detached without the use of a special tool. These guns fall into a bit of a gray area as far as the SAFE Act is concerned. Even Palumbo, right in the thick of it, claimed that he was only recently told by law enforcement that his weapons were out of compliance. There’s no word on what the NY State Police plan to do with the records – Palumbo handed over more than a hundred names – but gun rights proponents fear the worst.