Delta, United join list of big companies pulling back from NRA

  • Delta, United join list of big companies pulling back from NRA

Delta, United join list of big companies pulling back from NRA

The United States' largest privately-owned bank holding company and a major vehicle rental chain said Thursday they will stop promotions aimed at National Rifle Association members. Both airlines asked the NRA to remove any references to their companies from its website. And North American Van Lines said it was scrapping its affiliate relationship with the NRA.

In a statement sent Saturday, NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said the group's 5 million members have long enjoyed discounts and benefits from many American corporations.

"Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA", Kevin Langin, a spokesman for the bank, said in a tweet.

The mass shooting at the school in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 people dead, has reignited a national discussion about gun reforms.

Enterprise Holdings, Inc., the parent company of the vehicle rental brands Enterprise, Alamo and National, also announced it would end its NRA partnership, which offered members discounts, as well as MetLife and Best Western hotels.

The First National Bank of Omaha also said it would stop issuing its NRA-branded Visa credit cards, emblazoned with the group's logo and called "the Official Credit Card of the NRA".

But the insurance company MetLife Inc. discontinued its discount program with the NRA on Friday. Previous companies to do so include MetLife, Symantec and rental vehicle companies Hertz, Budget, Avis and Enterprise.

By Friday, the list of defectors grew to include Symantec Corp, which ended a discount programme for its Life Lock identity theft product.

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.

United Airlines and Delta said they'll no longer offer special rates to NRA members for the group's annual meeting. The program that provided coverage for people involved in gun-related incidents or accidents had been under scrutiny by regulators over marketing issues.

It's another chapter in an increasingly ugly debate over gun rights after yet another mass shooting in America.

Companies like Symantec Corp, MetLife, American National Insurance Company, Hertz vehicle rentals, SimpliSafe, Chubb Ltd, and the First National Bank of Omaha, along with hotel chains Best Western and the Wyndham Hotels, have cut ties with the NRA on the heels of the #BoycottNRA social media campaign and an online petition urging companies to discontinue the NRA membership benefits program that helps the gun lobbying group gain members.

Symantec recently came under attack for having a deal with the NRA.

Since the Florida shooting, Trump has declared support for raising the age limit to 21 from 18 for buying rifles.

And BlackRock, a giant investment firm that holds significant stakes in several major gun companies, said on Thursday that it plans to speak with major players in the gun industry to "understand their response to recent events". Its fund clients invest in indexes that might contain companies like Ruger.