Enterprise, Wyndham, MetLife among companies cutting ties to NRA

By Sara Shayanian  |  Updated Feb. 23, 2018 at 3:43 PM
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Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Some companies are distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association after outcry over the mass shooting at a South Florida high school last week.

The First National Bank of Omaha said it would not renew a contract to issue an NRA-branded Visa credit card.

"Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA," bank spokesman Kevin Langin said in a tweet. "As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card."

Late Thursday, Enterprise Holdings, which operates the Enterprise, Alamo and National rental car brands, said all three will sever ties next month. On Friday, Hertz rental car company announced on Twitter that it, too, would end its discount program for NRA members.

Wyndham Hotels and Best Western have also announced similar actions. Business Insider reported, though, that Wyndham ended its discount program for NRA members late last year.

It's not clear when Best Western cut its ties with the firearms group.

"Best Western Hotels & Resorts does not have an affiliation with and is not a corporate partner of the National Rifle Association," the company tweeted this week.

Friday, insurer MetLife ended its discount program with NRA.

The decision to end NRA partnerships follows last week's shooting attack at Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. Teenage survivors and other activists have since rallied in Florida's capital and staged walkouts across school campuses to advocate for stricter gun laws and school safety.

One Stoneman Douglas student, David Hogg, called out companies for supporting the NRA.

"Let's make the goal for this next hour to get TrueCar to cut ties with NRA #BoycottNRAElite," Hogg tweeted.

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