Fox News is reporting on a list created by a Justice Department program called Operation Choke Point. The list equates legal gun sellers with escort services, Ponzi schemes, people who sell cable TV de-scramblers — and at least 30 other industries.
The program, which is facing tough questions in Congress, intimidates banks with the threat of heightened scrutiny and increased audits if accounts are maintained in those industries. Basically, the legal gun shops face having their bank accounts closed for no reason.
Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., said Operation Choke Point began as a means of combating fraudulent businesses — but evolved into an arbitrary list of businesses targeted by bureaucrats in the DOJ and banking regulators purely on moral grounds, backed by no legislation