Enterprise, Wyndham, MetLife among companies cutting ties to NRA


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

On its website the NRA says, "It pays to be a member!"

And TrueCar, a auto buying service, said late Friday that it would end its deal with the NRA as of February 28.

The fallout over this week's shooting rampage at a Florida high school started to take its toll on National Rifle Association's roster of corporate partners on Friday as a half dozen companies severed marketing ties with the gun advocacy organisation.

The family-owned First National Bank of Omaha also said it would not renew NRA-branded credit cards, citing "customer feedback".

There was also a wave of vehicle rental outfits.

Insurance giants Chubb Ltd and MetLife, cybersecurity firm Symantec Corp, and Enterprise Holdings, which operates the Enterprise, Alamo and National rental auto chains, were among those that said they would end partnerships with the powerful NRA.

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Enterprise Holdings, one of the world's largest rental-car companies, is ending a key partnership with the National Rifle Association.

The NRA, which claims five million members, did not respond to a request for comment.

Clayton-based rental auto giant Enterprise Rent-A-Car is dropping a discount for National Rifle Association members.

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".

-Avis: Avis provides discounts to NRA members. The group has not commented on companies cutting ties.

Meanwhile, rental auto company Enterprise, which also owns Alamo and National vehicle rentals, said on Twitter it would end its discount program for NRA members as of March 26.

Enterprise followed suit a few hours later. And North American Van Lines said it was scrapping its an affiliate relationship with the NRA.

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The NRA member benefits site lists a handful of deals that individuals can receive with their memberships.

The NRA offers a code, "NMRN4 in the "Meeting Event Code" field" for travelers to fly Delta to its annual convention in Dallas for a discounted rate.

On Friday, one of the survivors of the shooting, 17-year-old David Hogg, who has become a powerful voice in the push for stricter gun laws, joined the debate and urged FedEx to stop its relationship with the NRA. And SimpliSafe, which sells home security systems, said the same.

Mass shootings have always rallied anger and calls for change to gun laws, but that feeling appears to have been magnified after the Parkland massacre. When the N.R.A. used a GIF of Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope to thank spokeswoman Dana Loesch for speaking out at the Sunrise town hall, Amy Poehler was not happy.

However, those decisions were made prior to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week.

In a statement on 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".

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