Cairns News echoes the call by Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia and gun dealers Australia wide to cancel their ANZ accounts and to urge their customers, families and friends to do likewise.
While few people like the Big Four banks, this time around they have hit a raw nerve in regional areas where buying guns or ammo online is a necessity.
The Australian firearms industry called on all shooters to cancel their ANZ Bank accounts for discriminating against those whose livliehoods depended on firearms.
Roo shooters, farmers, rangers and sport shooters will be affected by having to make long trips to towns to purchase guns and accessories.
A joint venture between ANZ Australia and European payments provider Worldline has cancelled essential banking services for dealers.
Worldline’s CEO Petr Ryska said each merchant application was reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Although reaffirming that this week, a company spokesperson said that when it came to the sale of firearms, they “worked with merchants whose customers purchase weapons in-store, based on appropriate licence and permit checks, as is required by law”.
“Where consumers are looking to buy firearms online, we do not offer ecommerce, mail order or telephone order services for the sale of those items”, she said.
SIFA said that regardless of how a payment was made, every legal firearm transaction in Australia was registered, and must be done so via a licensed firearms dealer to a police-checked firearm license holder, who has the appropriate permits in place.
“By de-platforming our industry, ANZ has ignored Australia’s strong and robust firearms legislative regime that mandates how a firearm transaction takes place,” SIFA CEO James Walsh said.
He added that removing the ability for licensed dealers to accept certain payments by credit card made it harder for businesses to transact with their customers, meaning they would need to source other, often less secure, payment alternatives.
“Regardless of what ANZ purports, this decision is simply a social restraint of trade on a legal and highly regulated industry, as firearms dealers who bank with ANZ will now be unable to take payments from remote customers or have the ability to service any customers who do not live in the local area,” Mr Walsh said.
The NSW dealer said they’d been advised by their local branch to move their business to another banking service, as there was nothing they could do to influence decision-making.