Businesses Cut NRA Ties As Pressure Campaign Mounts

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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".

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".

According to Gizmodo, both Enterprise Holdings (which owns National, Alamo, and Enterprise auto rental) and Symantec have both eliminated the discounts they offer to NRA members in the face of public scrutiny and the #BoycottNRA hashtag.

MetLife insurance terminated discounts that had been offered to NRA members on the gun group's website.

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

Twitter users told corporate accounts they would stop buying from firms that maintained promotional collaborations with the NRA, which are created to make the $40 annual subscription to the association more enticing for gun owners.

ThinkProgress reports Wyndham Worldwide stopped offering NRA discounts following a pressure campaign after the Sandy Hook shooting.

Delta Air Lines announced Saturday morning that it's ending discounted rates for NRA members.

After a mass shooting at a Florida high school last week left 17 people dead, survivors of the massacre have made a public push for stronger gun laws.

The deaths have sparked a wave of activism from gun control supporters, calling for tougher restrictions and lobbying companies to cut links with the NRA.

Rent-a-car giants including Enterprise, Alamo, National, Avis, and Budget, plus Lifelock and First National Bank of Omaha will remove themselves from the NRA benefits program by the end of next month. None of the other companies immediately responded to requests for comment. On Tuesday, before it ended its relationship with the NRA, a representative of North American called it a "great program" in an interview with ThinkProgress.

Despite growing more and more extreme in its anti-liberal, anti-media rhetoric, the NRA has for the most part escaped a business backlash, even amid a steady stream of mass shootings over the years.

Still, as more and more corporations break with the NRA, there are signs that the movement is swaying lawmakers as well as corporations.

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.

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. It is a political issue", he said.

Blackrock Inc., which manages $6 trillion in assets, has become one of the largest stakeholders gun manufacturers like Sturm Ruger & Co., American Outdoor Brands Corp. and Vista Outdoor Inc. through indirect investments. Marco Rubio broke with an NRA stance when he announced he would support raising the age from 18 to 21 for "buying a rifle".

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