Auto hire and financial institutions end discounts for National Rifle Association members

Andrew Cummings
February 24, 2018

If gun control advocates want to effect real change in the way politicians view the politics of guns, they need to show there are political consequences on both sides of this debate - not just the NRA's. "We have discontinued our existing relationship with the NRA", CEO Chad Laurans said in a statement. Chubb Ltd., said the decision to do so was made several months ago, though.

Enterprise Holdings, one of the world's largest auto rental companies, announced Thursday that it will end its discount promotion for National Rifle Association members. "Four of those companies have ended their relationship with the NRA since this list was initially published".

This article was updated February 22 at 3:00 pm to reflect that Avis Budget Group no longer has a partnership with the NRA.

NRA leaders appeared unannounced at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, blaming the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local reporting failures for the Florida shooting.

A Symantec website detailing the NRA member offers was still up on Friday.

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.

Under the hashtag #BoycottNRA, social media is now calling out companies that offer special benefits to NRA members. Lockton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Insurance giants MetLife, rental vehicle company Hertz and security software company Symantec, maker of the Norton antvirus product, said on Friday over Twitter that they would stop offering discounts to members of the firearms group.

The developments come about a week after the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and amid increased calls for gun control, something the NRA rejects.

The decision to end NRA partnerships follows last week's shooting attack at Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.

-FedEx. The NRA Business Alliance says on its website that has "teamed up" with FedEx "to offer BIG savings" on the shipment giant's services.

Meanwhile, shares of gun companies mostly fell in midday trading Friday.

Before the hour-long meeting, he said he was keen to discuss violence in movies, reopening mental health institutions and raising the age limit on buying guns to 21. Its fund clients invest in indexes that might contain companies like Ruger.

The NRA's appearance comes the morning after a tense town hall-style broadcast on CNN in which student survivors of the Parkland massacre issued withering criticism of NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, and Florida Republican senator, Marco Rubio.

Some companies wanted their customers to know ties to the NRA were severed before the Florida shooting.

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