Hawkins Guns targeted by Operation Choke Point
Mike Schuetz owns Hawkins Guns LLC, a firearms store in Wisconsin that sells guns and ammunition. Schuetz is one of the latest lawful business owners that Operation Choke Point has targeted and shut down their bank account.
On November 13, 2014, the store posted this message on their Facebook page:
Sorry I had to close this afternoon shortly. You will never guess why? I received a call from Heritage Credit Union in Hawkins, where I set up my business account for Hawkins Guns. They told me I had to close the account because they do not service companies that deal in guns. This is just a back door way for those wanting to infringe upon your rights to keep and bear arms and is nothing more than discrimination to gun owners. I have closed the account and am going to a more freedom loving bank to give my business. This will delay my ability to accept credit cards, but in time all will be straightened out. I would highly suggest questioning who you are allowing to house your hard earned money. If you choose to close an account there let them know why!
1: A Heritage Credit Union (HCU) teller explains to Mr. Schuetz that bank examiners had determined his account should be closed:
2: The bank teller lists the industries HCU cannot do business with anymore:
3: Mr. Schuetz explains how lacking a bank account makes it extremely difficult for him to continue doing business:
4: “We have to answer to the examiners. Whoever they are”:
5: Heritage Credit Union Regional Manager calls Mr. Schuetz:
6: Regional Manager explains how National Credit Union Agency examiners looked into HCU’s books:
7: Regional Manager explains how a team of a dozen examiners forced HCU to comply: