Thursday, January 10, 2008


REFUSES TO PROCESS TRANSACTIONS . . . Citi Merchant Services and First Data Corp. are refusing to process any credit card transactions between federally licensed firearms retailers, distributors and manufacturers -- a move which will severely limit available inventory of firearms and ammunition to military, law enforcement and law-abiding Americans.

The first company to be affected by this decision appears to be firearms distributor CDNN Sports Inc.

"We were contacted recently by First Data/Citi Merchant Services by a June Rivera-Mantilla stating that we were terminated and funds were being seized for selling firearms in a non-face-to-face transaction," said Charlie Crawford, president of CDNN Sports Inc. "Although perfectly legal, we were also informed that no transactions would be processed in the future, even for non-firearms. I find this very frightening."

To voice your concern to Citi Merchant Services and First Data Corp., please contact June Rivera-Mantilla at 631-683-7734 or her supervisor Robert Tenenbaum at 631-683-6570.

To change to an NSSF-affiliated credit card processing program, contact Payment Alliance International at 1-866-371-2273 (ext. 1131).


North Carolina: Pizza attacker dies: "A pizza delivery man fought back after an attempted robbery late Tuesday night in east Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the man was delivering pizza around 9 p.m. to an address at the Greenbrier apartments off Sharon Amity Road, near Eastland Mall. When the customer tried to rob him, police say the delivery man fired shots then reported the incident. The victim was lying on the grass when police and paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene. This marks the fourth homicide in Charlotte through the first eight days of the year. "Only eight days into the year and already this is our fourth homicide," said CMPD Officer Bob Fey. "It's troubling and it's definitely a concern." Police have not said if the delivery man will face charges. They have not released the name of the person killed at this time.

Tennessee: Charges unlikely after shooting of would-be robber: "Justin Cheatham, 24, was shot multiple times by Jennifer Owens around 8 p.m. Wednesday at 51 B Leland Lane, according to a police press release. Police have said Cheatham and two other men - Antonio Long [above] and Christopher Smith - went to the duplex to buy marijuana from Kenneth Bond. Bond is Owen's boyfriend and also lives at the residence. According to an account of the incident in an affidavit of complaint, Bond left the three men in the living room and went into the kitchen. He then heard a voice behind him say, "You might as well drop it off." "He turned around to find Cheatham armed with a handgun," the affidavit states. "Bond grabbed at the gun and a struggle ensued. At that point, Antonio Long came into the kitchen and pointed a long gun at Bond." Bond told the two men they could take whatever they wanted, but he refused to release the hold he had on Cheatham's gun, "out of fear of being shot," the affidavit states. Owens heard the struggle from her bedroom and went into the kitchen to find out what was happening. Long momentarily diverted his attention away from Bond and pointed his gun at Owens, telling her to move over to where Bond and Cheatham were, the affidavit states. Police said that another struggle occurred and Owens grabbed a handgun and fired, striking Cheatham several times. Cheatham collapsed outside the home and was pronounced dead at the scene. Owens and Bond are not facing any charges."

1 comment:

shannon said...

i've heard a lot recently about citibank not processing credit cards for firearm purchases.

i think it is definitely a good way to cut down on fraud and gun crimes, for obvious reasons.

i, personally, know of a few people who have closed their citi accounts because of this reason. i didn't think that it was going to affect the way citi does their credit card processing, but now that it's become such a big issue i'm anxious to see if they change any of their policies.