Delta, United to end NRA discount as pressure mounts on companies

Mae Love
February 25, 2018

Faced with growing pressure from customers following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., United Airlines, Hertz Car Rentals and MetLife Insurance are just some of the many companies announcing they will cut ties with the National Rifle Association.

A handful of companies have ended discount programs with the NRA as the group aggressively resists calls for stricter gun control after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week. Israel has since said that he's investigating claims by Coral Springs police officers that several of his deputies didn't enter the building during the shooting.

US companies that have partnered with the National Rifle Association to offer discounts and benefits to its members have begun to distance themselves from the gun lobbying group after the latest school shooting.

One user, who created a template urging Amazon to drop its NRA links, said 250,000 people had contacted the group in less than 24 hours.

United Airlines and Delta Airlines on Saturday both tweeted notices that they will no longer offer discount programs for members of the National Rifle Association, and asked that the organization remove the airline's information from its website.

Before the corporate defections, almost two dozen companies nationwide had offered incentives to NRA members, according to ThinkProgress.com, a news site owned by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

United Airlines: The airline said Saturday that is ending a discount it has offered for travel to the NRA's annual meeting. #BoycottNRA has already trended on Twitter.

Avis said it will end its NRA member discount in March.

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"What they want is more restrictions on the law-abiding", LaPierre said.

American businesses have become increasingly politically aware and have participated in boycotts over the past few years against states over LGBT rights.

In a letter sent to Scott on Saturday, Rep. Bill Hager cited the resignation of a school resource officer who didn't enter the freshman building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when the shooting started on February 14. "I like many Canadians travel to Florida from time to time to escape our winter".

The moves come as petitions circulated online targeting companies offering discounts to NRA members on its website.

Separately, insurance company Chubb Limited said Friday that it will stop underwriting "NRA Carry Guard", a policy marketed to NRA members who face legal or civil lawsuits after they shoot someone.

Two national moving companies, Allied Van Lines and North American Van Lines, both ended their discount agreements with the NRA within minutes of each other on Friday. The program that provided coverage for people involved in gun-related incidents or accidents had been under scrutiny by regulators over marketing issues.

Enterprise Holdings, Hertz, and Avis Budget Group, three of the world's largest car-rental companies, said they will end key partnerships with the National Rifle Association.

According to a Yahoo Finance report, other companies that are dropping their partnership with the NRA are First National Bank of Omaha, major auto rental firms Hertz, Avis, and TrueCar, hotel chains Best Western and Wyndham Hotels, and two moving companies under SIRVA.

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