Amid the social media campaign to “#BoycottNRA,” a private banking company and a car rental chain have announced that they are separating themselves from their association with the National Rifle Association.
The First National Bank of Omaha in Nebraska issued a statement Thursday, declaring that it will not renew its contract to provide the NRA Visa card, according to spokesman Kevin Langin.
“Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA,” Langin said.
Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship 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.
— First National Bank (@FNBOmaha) February 22, 2018
Enterprise car rental company announced Thursday that it would no longer offer a discount for members of the NRA from any of its three brands. Twitter accounts for Enterprise, Alamo and National tweeted late Thursday, “All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26.”
Thank you for contacting us! All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26. Thank you again for reaching out. Kind regards, Michael
— EnterpriseRentACar (@enterprisecares) February 23, 2018
In support of the #BoycottNRA effort, the website ThinkProgress had listed the bank and the rental car company as entities that support the NRA, noting that First National Bank offered two NRA credit cards, each with a $40 bonus. The bank promoted the bonus as “enough to reimburse your one-year NRA membership!” Enterprise offered NRA members “an unspecified discount.”
Rental car companies that also appear on the ThinkProgress list include Hertz, Avis and Budget.
The Twitter hashtag “#BoycottNRA” became popularized following the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead, the Daily News reported. Gunman Nikolas Cruz used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to perpetrate the attack, which he legally purchased when he was 18.
According to one expert, the decision to cut ties with the NRA represents a risk for the First National Bank of Nebraska.
“Many will applaud the move, but NRA members are famously loyal and the organization has shown itself as being very good at mobilizing its members,” said Matt Schulz, a senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com. “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.”
The backlash from NRA supporters and members has begun.
If you have a credit card issued by the First National Bank of Omaha cut it into little pieces, put the pieces on an envelope and send it back to them with the note “With compliments of one of 120,000,000 law abiding American gun owners”
— Rex Vallachorum (@RexValachorum) February 22, 2018
First National Bank of Omaha cancels credit card deal with the NRA.
Will they stop accepting deposits from gun owners next? pic.twitter.com/6Bse3jkABz
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) February 22, 2018
All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26
[Never realized @nra had the ability to make someone choose to shoot up a school. My company will no longer be using enterprise. This change will be effective immediately]
— Let Trump Be Trump (@sayitnspinit) February 23, 2018