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Companies cutting ties with NRA grows include United, Delta, Hertz and MetLife

Illinois gun owners and supporters file out National Rifle Association applications while participating in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day convention before marching to the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield Il AWR Hawkins22 Feb 20180 22 Feb 2018 22 Feb 2018
Patty Aguilar | 25 February, 2018, 13:27

First National Bank of Omaha announced Thursday that it would not renew its contract with the group to issue NRA-branded credit cards.

A quick look at the NRA website confirms all kinds of special deals from vehicle rentals to moving companies to insurance to home security systems to travel and even to wine.

Prior to this announcement, the NRA convention website said that the group had "contracted special flight discounts with United Airlines and Delta Airlines, specifically for members attending the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits".

The attrition started late Thursday when three rental vehicle brands owned by Enterprise Holdings Inc said they were ending discount programs, and First National Bank of Omaha said it would not renew the NRA's contract to issue a co-branded Visa card.

There was also a wave of auto rental outfits. "We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website".

The five million-member NRA has partnerships with dozens of businesses, ranging from vehicle rentals to hotels, and even offers a branded credit card.

The National Rifle Association released a statement on Saturday saying companies "have made a decision to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice".

"In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve", the NRA statement said.

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Late Friday morning, LifeLock owner Symantec announced it would break off from the NRA. And SimpliSafe, which sells home security systems, said the same.

Petitions targeting those companies are circulating online, and #BoycottNRA has trended on Twitter.

The responses from businesses come as gun control activists and social media users continued to increase pressure on lawmakers and industry players to take action in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HIgh School.

"Effective March 26, our brands will no longer provide the NRA member discount", an Avis Budget Group spokesperson said via email.

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

The February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has prompted demands for increased accountability from U.S. lawmakers and businesses, in what so far has been an unprecedented push for gun-law reform.

In a statement Friday, insurer Chubb said it told the NRA three months ago that it would "discontinue participation in the NRA Carry Guard insurance program under the terms of our contract". The program that provided coverage for people involved in gun-related incidents or accidents had been under scrutiny by regulators over marketing issues. Lockton did not immediately respond to a request for comment. And North American Van Lines said it was scrapping its affiliate relationship with the NRA.

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