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Companies cut ties with the NRA

Companies cut ties with the NRA Companies cut ties with the NRA
Lora Ball | 24 February, 2018, 11:17

The NRA "member benefits" page offers savings on a credit card, hearing aids, life insurance, home security systems, vehicle purchases, moving fees, prescription drugs, and branded checkbooks, among other things.

On Friday, LifeLock owner Symantec, Hertz, North American and Allied Van Lines, and insurer MetLife announced they would break off from the NRA.

Membership of the NRA comes with discounts on goods and services including vehicle rental, hotels, home insurance and wine.

Over the past week, several notable businesses have either cut ties with the NRA or demanded measures from the association to address gun violence in the U.S. This is why they are directly severing ties but allowing for third-parties to make their own choices, commenting: "Visa has no contractual or financial relationship with the NRA".

"Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA, " Langin said.

Vehicle rental company Enterprise said this week it is ending a discount program for NRA members.

Company spokespeople would not elaborate on the announcements.

None of the companies immediately responded to requests for comment on the letters. Even forgetting demographics, Enterprise should consider that 5 million possible vehicle renters will no longer consider any of these three companies when they need a auto. "Get back hundreds of dollars more than you pay in dues" and offers "benefits" running the gamut from home and auto insurance to prescription drug discounts to the "Official Wine Club of the NRA".

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"What they want is more restrictions on the law-abiding", LaPierre said.

None of the companies gave details about why or when they made a decision to cut ties with the NRA, but the news comes as the hashtag #BoycottNRA has taken social media by storm.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference, that those advocating for stricter gun control are exploiting the Florida shooting which killed 17 people, mostly high-school students. Some gun-control groups also questioned why the NRA was being given such a prominent platform in the debate, both by CNN and in Trump's remarks.

Lockton, another insurance firm, continues to underwrite policies for the NRA Carry Guard program, according to the NRA's website.

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".

Trump, who has backed gun rights and has been supported by the NRA, raised the idea of arming teachers during an emotional, hourlong discussion with people affected by school shootings. "We ended our relationship with the NRA late previous year", a spokesperson told NPR.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - founded after 20 first-graders were shot and killed at a school in CT in December 2012 - sent letters to Apple Inc, AT&T Inc, Amazon, Alphabet Inc's Google, and Roku Inc on Friday, asking them to drop NRATV from their products. Bloomberg News reports the Florida Retirement System Pension Plan held more than 41,000 shares in American Outdoor Brands Co.

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