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New York City officials urge credit card companies to track gun and ammo sales, flag 'suspicious' sales
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Some New York City officials want major credit card companies to create a unique code for firearm and ammunition purchases that could then be used to monitor "suspicious" purchases.
During a press conference Tuesday, Mayor Eric Adams called on American Express, MasterCard and Visa — the largest credit card companies in the U.S. — to establish a merchant category code (MCC) for gun-related items and to report bulk purchases.
"Why can't we have this code when you purchase guns? This is a real issue [as] 316 people a day are shot by guns in our country, [and] 106 die from guns. When you think about these numbers, these are astronomical numbers," said Adams, who was introduced by City Comptroller Brad Lander as "a forthright champion for action to reduce gun violence."