Could credit-card companies ban gun sales?

If government officials won’t curb gun sales in the U.S., could companies that handle the payments for guns do it?

That’s the idea Andrew Ross Sorkin, a columnist for The New York Times, suggested, as Americans debate gun-control laws a week after a shooter killed 17 people at South Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“What if the finance industry — credit card companies like Visa V, +0.31% Mastercard MA, +0.88% and American Express AXP, +0.48% ; credit card processors like First Data; and banks like JPMorgan Chase JPM, -0.10% and Wells Fargo WFC, +0.17% — were to effectively set new rules for the sales of guns in America?” he wrote.

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