Trump Administration Ends “Operation Choke Point”

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Operation Choke Point, which was put in place by the Obama Administration and had been in practice since 2013 was announced finished in a letter to Republican law makers by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd on the 16th of August.

The former program was originally installed to pressure major banks to cease handling the payments for businesses that were deemed high risk for fraud. This disproportionately affected ammunition and firearms retailers. And what was worse about this plan was that these businesses were deemed such without any evidence of actual wrongdoing.

So while the idea of having a department to look into fraud sounds like a good idea, in some cases, such as this one, it was the program itself which was dirtier than the businesses they were looking into.

But now many businesses across the country feel a little bit more secure knowing that the government will not be impeding on their businesses in this form anymore. As Stephen Boyd wrote in his open letter…

“All of the department's bank investigations conducted as part of Operation Chokepoint are now over, the initiative is no longer in effect, and it will not be undertaken again,”

According to spokesmen from the GOP representatives who first received the letter companies were still wary that they could lose access to the banking system, and needed clear guidance from the Trump administration that the program wouldn't be continued.

It seems now that they have received just that. And due to it, we might start seeing more small mom and pop gun shops opening up around the country, due to the ease placed back into the hands of the small business owner with this announcement.

What do you think of these new developments and the downfall of Operation Choke Point? Does it make you more likely to purchase a gun from a small gun shop around you? Let us know in the comments below.

About Craig Martin

Craig Martin grew up in the unincorporated town of Lewis, Wisconsin. From a young age, Craig was introduced to guns, as he was tasked with defending his backwood home’s wiring from a scourge of red squirrels.

Ever the animal lover, though; Craig couldn’t let these creatures die needlessly. So he would take his kills and leave them for the foxes, coyotes, and bears to eat at a deer feeder his grandfather built around their home.

His lifestyle made Craig understand that guns are a tool and ever since, has spread the word about how firearms are not a menace, like the red squirrel, but an item to help people. He instils this in every article he writes for USA Firearm Training.


  1. Darkwing on August 26, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Big deal. I have talked to a lot of bankers when Berry admin put this in place and none of them followed it. They blow it off. This is Tramp and his crooks trying to look good.

    • Matthew Maruster on August 26, 2017 at 10:52 am

      I have a small business and have to use companies like square, stripe, and PayPal to accept payments. Luckily stripe and square accept companies that deal with firearms, however, there are a few that I found which didn’t. When I inquired why it was because they said they were following these federal regulations. Maybe some of the banks didn’t follow the feds on big loans and big clients, but I know first hand it affected me as a small business owner. Additionally, a friend of mine who opened up a gun store, had his bank account frozen. He had to go to a ‘gun friendly’ credit union because the bank he previously had his account with, would not loan or provide credit to a firearms business. Doesn’t really matter what you perceive as the motivations of the President, the fact is that it was an overreaching federal regulation that should have been repealed.

    • Oak47 on August 27, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Must have been talking to small time credit unions with single locations. Anyone can use Google and see many Large (and small) firearms related businesses were affected by this.

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