#BoycottNRA: US bank, vehicle rental company cut ties with NRA

Ivan Schwartz
February 24, 2018

"Symantec has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association", a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. Enterprise Holdings Inc., which operates Alamo and National auto rentals as well, said it had ended its participation effective March 26.

NRA members "are still able to purchase NRA-branded prepaid Visa debit cards because those are made available through a separate entity, NetSpend, which is now "reviewing the relationship" it has with the NRA", Sara Boboltz reports for HuffPost.

A MetLife spokesman said "we value all our customers but have chose to end our discount program with the NRA". "As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card", a First National Bank spokesman told HuffPost by email.

Other companies to have ended similar discount programs since the Florida shooting include First National Bank of Omaha, which said it would stop offering an NRA Visa Card because of "customer feedback".

"Both companies released their statements dozens of times on Twitter in response to calls for them to sever ties with the NRA". Activists say they want to know why these businesses won't cut ties with the NRA.

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MetLife Auto & Home told Bloomberg Friday it has made a decision to end its discount for NRA members. Enterprise offered NRA members "an unspecified discount", according to ThinkProgress.

On Thursday, the bank webpage that advertised the NRA card had been disabled.

The NRA has faced increasing backlash following the Florida school shooting, one of the deadliest in the country. "This change will be effective March 26".

An NRA spokeswoman referred questions Thursday to the group's licensing department. "However, banks are in the business of managing risks of all kinds, and First National clearly sees this as one they're willing to take".

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.

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