Washington, DC – A contingent of Republican congressmen are calling for the termination of Citibank’s $700 billion contract for a federal credit card program as a result of the company’s new gun policies.
Sixteen Republican members of Congress have asked the General Services Administration (GSA) to re-evaluate the contract awarded to Citibank for SmartPay 3 because of the bank’s “anti-Second Amendment policies.”
On March 22, Citibank announced new restrictions on how and when its corporate clients could sell guns, CNN reported.
The company has banned its clients from selling guns to people under the age of 21, forced them to require background checks for all firearm purchases, and prohibited them from selling "high-capacity magazines" and bump stocks, according to CNN.
Citibank has not specified what constituted a "high-capacity" magazine and has not responded to requests for clarification, The Washington Free Beacon reported. Nor did Citibank respond to questions about concerns the age restriction may lead to discrimination lawsuits, like in the instances of Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
“This flagrant disregard for American citizens and their God-given Second Amendment rights cannot be tolerated,” U.S. Representative Todd Rokita (R – Indiana) said in a statement released on his web site.
“Those who seek to undermine those God-given rights do not deserve taxpayer dollars and should be denied federal contracts. Congress has sworn to uphold the Constitution, and it is paramount that we stand united for the American people and their right to bear arms," he said.
Rokita, who was leading the charge to get the GSA to nullify Citibank’s contract, said he believed the federal government should be doing business with companies that supported the U.S. Constitution.
“This flagrant attempt to undermine our fundamental rights by caving to radicals should not be endorsed by our federal government. The federal government should instead do business with companies that respect all of our constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment,” read the letter to the GSA from 16 members of Congress.
“GSA should take all necessary steps to review and terminate its contract with Citibank unless they rescind their guidelines, and rebid the SmartPay 3 contract,” the letter concluded.