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Hertz, Avis Follow Enterprise, End Partnership with NRA

Hertz, Avis Follow Enterprise, End Partnership with NRA

The NRA has not offered a response to the corporate backlash, but many supporters of the gun lobby said those efforts will likely encourage more people to buy guns or join the NRA.

The National Rifle Association did not immediately comment on Saturday about the decisions by the various companies to sever ties.

After a mass shooting at a Florida high school last week left 17 people dead, survivors of the massacre have made a public push for stronger gun laws.

Both MetLife and Chubb have announced they have terminated discounted insurance plans for NRA members as well.

- United Airlines (@united) February 24, 2018In a statement to ThinkProgress Friday, a United Airlines spokesperson said the company "does not have an affiliation with the NRA" and that its program related to the NRA's annual conference came from its "standard meeting agreement process".

Late Friday, TrueCar, a vehicle buying service, said it will no longer offer discounts to NRA members starting Wednesday.

According to Gizmodo, both Enterprise Holdings (which owns National, Alamo, and Enterprise auto rental) and Symantec have both eliminated the discounts they offer to NRA members in the face of public scrutiny and the #BoycottNRA hashtag.

The Nebraska-based First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract to issue the group's NRA Visa Card, spokesman Kevin Langin said in a statement.

The hashtag #BoycottNRA remained one of the top trending topics on Twitter in the USA on Friday.

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The campaign targeting brands gained momentum on Thursday and Friday, with hashtags such as #BoycottNRA and #DisarmtheNRA being used on social media.

Wyndham Hotel Group said in a statement that it "ended our relationship with the NRA late a year ago". Dallas, like every American city and community, is populated by NRA members.

Activists have also called on public pension funds to divest from gun maker stocks, which were broadly lower on Friday. But the NRA is a well-funded membership operation devoted to a single cause - guns - and unlikely to be moved by the actions of companies with which it has such loose and peripheral ties.

The unsealed indictment follows former Trump campaign official Rick Gates pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud against the U.S. and making false statements - as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's wide-spanning investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Many of those tweeting are in the entertainment industry.

However, there still remain a number of organizations that are continuing with their NRA partnerships.

Moms Demand Action posted an online petition using the hashtag #DumpNRATV.

"To be affiliated with them, whether you are a company or a lawmaker, it is not going to pay off in the long run", said Watts, the group's founder, signaling the start of a broader campaign.

Consumers have urged a boycott of businesses linked to the powerful gun lobby.

The February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has prompted demands for increased accountability from USA lawmakers and businesses, in what so far has been an unprecedented push for gun-law reform. With Carry Guard, the NRA has figured out how to profit from gun owners who are concerned about being accused of murder.


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