The Washington Post

Visa and Mastercard said


Thursday they have paused work on implementi­ng a new sales code for gun merchants, citing Republican pushback in various U.S. states on concerns about improper tracking of consumer behavior. The Geneva-based Internatio­nal Organizati­on for Standardiz­ation approved the new merchant category code in September to help detect suspicious firearms and ammunition sales to combat gun violence. Bills in several Republican-led states would bar or limit the use of the voluntary code.

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