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NRA faces corporate backlash after Florida school shooting

NRA faces corporate backlash after Florida school shooting

First National Bank of Omaha got the ball rolling on Thursday when it announced via tweet that it "will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card".

Vehicle rental company Enterprise says it is ending a discount program for National Rifle Association members.

Until this week, the NRA touted a deal with MetLife to offer NRA members "generous pre-negotiated NRA group discounts" for automobile insurance.

- EnterpriseRentACar (@enterprisecares) February 23, 2018We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA's rental vehicle discount program with Hertz.

The exodus of corporate names, ranging from a major insurer to auto rental brands and a household moving company, occurred after the NRA launched a counter-offensive against a student-led campaign for tighter U.S. gun ownership laws.

Meanwhile, insurer Chubb has said it will stop underwriting NRA insurance for gun owners.

Best Western - The hotel chain told multiple social media users that it was no longer affiliated with the NRA, though it did not say when that decision was made.

Also Friday, Wyndham Worldwide, parent company of major hotel brands including Travelodge, Howard Johnson, Ramada and Days Inn, tweeted that it "is no longer affiliated with the NRA".

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The shipping company gives NRA members up to a 26 percent discount on shipping both within and outside of the country.

Members of the NRA have access to special offers from partner companies on its website, ranging from life insurance to wine clubs. ThinkProgress noted that First National Bank offered two NRA cards, each with a $40 bonus, and touted it as "enough to reimburse your one-year NRA membership!". A bank spokesperson said "customer feedback" prompted a review of its partnership with the NRA, and it chose not to renew its current contract.

But the NRA remains opposed to strengthening gun laws.

Caraway said, "It is a tough call when you ask the NRA to reconsider coming to Dallas, but it is putting all citizens first, and getting them to come to the table and elected officials to come to the table and to address this madness now". "I would avoid a business that is boycotting NRA".

Gun-control organizations Moms Demand Action and Everytown sent a letter Friday asking five companies - Google, Amazon, Apple, AT&T and Roku - to cease streaming NRATV, saying "it's time for tech leaders to acknowledge their role in helping the NRA spread this risky content".

The NRA has not commented on the boycott movement, but NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre said in a political conference Thursday: "They want to make us all less free". "It is a political issue", he said.

After Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, his former school, on February 14, calls have grown for corporations to end agreements with the gun lobby whose aim it is to keep in place the gun laws that allowed Cruz to buy his AR-15 assault rifle. Bloomberg News reports the Florida Retirement System Pension Plan held more than 41,000 shares in American Outdoor Brands Co.

Some of those survivors confronted NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch at a CNN town hall on Wednesday.


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