Operation Chokepoint

Better Banking for FFLs – Operation Chokepoint Ended


During his address to the NRA, President Trump said, “The 8-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.”

We’re already starting to see the results! “Operation Chokepoint,” the banking initiative that targeted against FFLs, is over.

This is great news for the firearms industry.

Under “Operation Chokepoint”, banks considered FFLs/Gun Dealers to be “high-risk” and were discouraged from doing business with them. This was an Obama-era program that many viewed as a method to hurt the firearms industry.

This made it VERY difficult for FFLs to get business financing and banking services. Banks would deny services to gun dealers and, in some cases, contact their FFL customers and cancel their services!

The Trump administration thankfully had FFLs/Gun Dealers removed from the list of “elevated-risk” merchants, and the Department of Justice has now officially ended the operation.

Unfortunately, it is still difficult to get credit card processing for FFLs. There’s only a couple options to accept credit cards for FFLs – check out our article on Gun-Friendly Credit Card Processing for FFLs where we explain your options, the pros/cons of each solution, and give our recommendation.

It looks like it’s getting better and better to be an FFL every day! If you’ve been thinking about it, come take our course to start making money with guns!

Ryan Cleckner is a former special operations sniper and current attorney specializing in firearms law/ATF compliance and is a firearms industry executive (former govt. relations manager for NSSF, Vice President of Remington Outdoor Company, and a SAAMI voting board member).

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