Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Bank halts NRA credit card, auto rental firm ends discount

Bank halts NRA credit card, auto rental firm ends discount

One user flocked to Twitter to post a message to users to boycott companies who sponsor or are sponsored by the NRA.

Following the lead of students nationwide inspired by the activism of survivors of the Parkland massacre and citing "customer feedback", the First National Bank of Omaha stood up to the National Rifle Association yesterday, saying that it would not renew the contract for its NRA-branded Visa card.

The nation's largest privately-owned bank holding company and a major auto rental chain said Thursday they will stop promotions aimed at National Rifle Association members.

None of the companies gave details about why or when they made a decision to cut ties with the NRA, but the news comes as the hashtag #BoycottNRA has taken social media by storm. "The "valuable 5-star benefits" promised include not just a subscription to an NRA magazine and a gun-owner liability protection policy but also savings on insurance, identity theft protection, hearing aids, vehicle rentals, moving vans, shipping, and even wine", Kira Lerner and Josh Israel wrote on its site.

The NRA "member benefits" page offers savings on a credit card, hearing aids, life insurance, home security systems, auto purchases, moving fees, prescription drugs, and branded checkbooks, among other things.

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"Much like AARP or AAA, the organization promotes its discounts for members as a selling point for why people should join".

The growing list of companies ending their relationships with the NRA comes in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school. Both advertise discounts to NRA members. A cached version of the site touted the card as "the official credit card of the NRA" and noted the benefits of membership. The partnership will officially come to an end on March 26.

It's not just First National Bank of Omaha that's being pressured to end its relationship with the country's most powerful gun lobby.

One of the world's largest auto rental companies is cutting ties with the National Rifle Association.

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