Hoeven Joins Colleagues to Push Back on Second Amendment Right Infringement

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) in criticizing Amalgamated Bank’s role in devising the new merchant code for tracking firearms purchases with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The senators note that Amalgamated Bank’s efforts infringe upon Second Amendment rights and request that the bank provide documentation related to their involvement in the creation of the new firearm merchant code.  

“Whether it is choosing to debank firearms manufacturers, forcing all commercial clients to adopt anti-gun control codes, or divesting customer assets from lawful businesses, these decisions demonstrate your attempt to force your political views on law-abiding Americans,” the senators wrote.

In addition to Hoeven and Hagerty, the letter was signed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Boozman (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Thune (R-SD), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Kennedy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and John Cornyn (R-TX).

Click here for the full text of the letter.