National Gun Policy Divide Widens as States Pass Divergent Laws on Tracking Gun Sales


A new push to track gun sales has sent a wave of contrasting legislation coursing through state capitols nationwide. In California, major credit card companies are now mandated to provide banks with unique retail codes for gun stores, which will allow financial institutions to identify suspicious purchases for law enforcement agencies.

In stark contrast, Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee, and Wyoming are outlawing the use of specific gun shop codes, joining 17 other Republican-led states that have prohibited or restricted such codes over the past 16 months. This divide is reflective of a burgeoning national gun policy debate, one that is starkly split along partisan lines.

Gun-control activists and some Democratic lawmakers believe that implementing a retail tracking code is a critical step in preventing mass shootings and other crimes by allowing financial institutions to flag suspicious activity. They argue that such measures can significantly enhance public safety.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, many Republican lawmakers and gun-rights advocates worry that the codes will unfairly target and stigmatize law-abiding gun buyers, raising concerns about privacy and due process. The controversy has led to ongoing disputes between proponents of stricter gun control and advocates for Second Amendment protections.

Liz Jassin
Liz Jassin
Liz Jassin's reporting beat centers around real estate, technology, and true crime. Previously, Liz completed video internships for Business Insider in New York City and Milkwood film studios in London. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2017 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied broadcast journalism and received concentrations in music and psychology.

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