Friday, 16 November, 2018

United Airlines, Hertz and MetLife Among Companies Cutting Ties With the NRA

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Hours before the airline reversed itself on Saturday, a Delta spokesman had defended its discount for NRA members traveling to the group's convention in May.

On Friday, vehicle rental company Hertz said in a tweet that it's also ending its NRA rental auto discount program.

The car-rental giant Enterprise Holdings says it will end a discount promotion available to members of the National Rifle Association.

The discounts could have been anything from 2 to 10 percent off flights to the upcoming Dallas convention.

The latest companies to end their ties with the NRA were Delta and United Airlines, the first and third largest USA -based airline companies by revenue, respectively.

Gun-control activists are organizing boycotts against companies with ties to the National Rifle Association - and they're already producing results. Hertz, Avis Budget Group and TrueCar would soon join Enterprise and end their NRA discounts.

The moves have come as petitions circulated online targeting companies offering discounts to NRA members on its website. Rental vehicle company Hertz will no longer offer a discount program to NRA members and First National Bank of Omaha said it will not renew a co-branded credit card it has with the NRA.

A spokesperson for moving van lines Allied and North American, which are both owned by Sirva, said Friday that the brands "no longer have an affiliate relationship with the NRA effective immediately". They have also asked the group to remove any references to the airlines from its website.

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The mass killing focused renewed attention on the NRA, which is credited with blocking gun control measures for years through millions of dollars in campaign contributions and pressure from its large membership base.

On Friday, Symantec Corp. announced in a terse statement on Twitter that it had also ended its discount program with the gun-rights organization.

"We value all our customers but have chose to end our discount program with the NRA", the MetLife spokesperson said. And SimpliSafe, which sells home security systems, said the same. One teen survivor of the Florida school shooting suggested on Twitter Saturday morning that tourists stay away from the state during spring break; he got immediate response on social media.

The NRA credit cards are part of a larger business in which the bank issues cards branded with organizations' logos, such as the sporting-goods store Scheels and the Best Western hotel chain. Loesch blamed a flawed system for letting people who shouldn't be able to buy guns slip through the cracks.

President Donald Trump praised the National Rifle Association and its leaders on Thursday, one day after meeting with parents, teachers and students from a Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last week.

Two other companies - the insurer Chubb and Wyndham Hotel Group - confirmed to CNNMoney Friday that they've recently ended partnerships with the NRA.

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

Wyndham Hotel Group said in a statement that it "ended our relationship with the NRA late previous year".

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