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Firearms Merchant Category Code

Concerning a requirement that certain businesses with relationships with firearms merchants use the appropriate merchant category code.
2024 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
Bill Summary

The act requires certain networks that facilitate payment transactions to make the merchant category code for firearms and ammunition available to merchant acquirers (processor) who process transactions for firearms merchants. A processor must assign the code to each firearms merchant to which the processor provides services.

The attorney general's office has exclusive authority to enforce the act. Before bringing an enforcement action, the attorney general's office must notify in writing the person alleged to have violated the act. Standards are set for the notice. A violator has 30 days to cure the violation in accordance with the standards in the act.

If a person violates the act and does not cure the violation, the attorney general's office may bring a civil action to seek:

  • A civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation; or
  • An injunction or equitable relief that prevents a further violation.

If the attorney general's office prevails in the action, a court may issue an order requiring the violator to pay reasonable attorney fees and costs incurred in bringing the action.

APPROVED by Governor May 1, 2024

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2024
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details