Louisiana House: Banks shouldn't have gun control policies
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have voted to prohibit banks from being able to refuse to do business with companies that are involved in gun and ammunition sales.
The proposal by Republican Rep. Blake Miguez, of Erath, comes after Citigroup and Bank of America enacted firearm restriction policies for corporate customers. Miguez says such policies violate the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun and ammunition dealers and could limit their ability to maintain their businesses.
The House voted 66-27 for the measure, sending it to the Senate for debate. Opponents say the legislation restricts the First Amendment rights of companies and inappropriately meddles in private business operations. They say if a bank refuses to work with a firearm company, that company can find another bank.