Following an extensive review of the Department of Justice’s Operation Choke Point, which had the effect of closing off banks from businesses considered “high risk,” including the gun industry, the U.S. House voted to defund the program Thursday.
The voice vote came late Thursday night as an amendment to HR4660, the funding bill for several federal agencies including the Justice Department and a $19.5 million increase in the FBI’s background check system. The author of the amendment was Missouri Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-3).
“Number one, we support DOJ efforts to find fraud, abuse, and root that out,” Luetkemeyer to Breitbart News.
“But it appears the DOJ is not interested in simply going after the bad guys but the entire banking industry,” he continued. “So we want a safe harbor to be given to banks that meet certain criteria, so they can feel free to conduct business — including business with the firearms/ammunition manufacturer and sales industry.”
The congressman said that he felt, “”Operation Choke Point goes beyond looking for fraudulence and seeks instead to do away with an entire industry.”