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Banks Blast Rule That Would Force Lending to Oil, Gun Firms

  • Lenders question legal basis for OCC’s ‘fair access’ proposal
  • OCC’s Trump-appointed chief faces time pressure to finish rule
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Wall Street banks are asking a key regulator to drop a proposed rule that would force them to do business with energy and firearms companies that could subject them to public scorn, questioning the legal basis for a measure they say is being unfairly fast-tracked.

The “fair access” rule proposed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Nov. 20 would create undue burdens for lenders and could threaten their business models, banking industry groups said in comment letters to the agency. The industry groups also challenged OCC’s authority to issue the rule and argued that the 45-day comment period that ended Monday gave them insufficient time to respond.