A proposal intended to prevent credit card companies from tracking sales with codes at gun businesses is headed to the Florida House floor.
The Commerce Committee on Monday approved the measure (HB 221), which would bar credit-card companies from setting a “merchant category code” for sales at firearms businesses.
The bill would impose fines of up to $10,000 per violation for tracking firearm and ammunition sales.
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Similar four-digit codes are already used to separate purchases and collect data from places such as grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and bookstores.
However, because of Republican pushback in several states, American Express, Mastercard and Visa last month paused work on the new gun sales code.
The Senate on March 23 voted 27-11 to pass a similar bill. Supporters of such a code have said it could help detect suspicious firearm and ammunition purposes.
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