Saturday, 24 February 2018

United and Delta cut NRA discounts

Two major US airlines have joined a growing list of companies to cut ties with the National Rifle Association following the Florida school shooting.

United and Delta airlines have both announced they are ending discounts for NRA members.

The killing of 17 people in Florida has revived the gun control debate in the US, with student survivors playing a leading role in calling for change.

Firms with links to the US gun lobby have faced calls for a boycott.

Activists have flooded the NRA's corporate partners with comments on social media under the hashtag #BoycottNRA.

United and Delta airlines were the latest firms on Saturday to drop their ties to the powerful gun advocacy organisation. Between them they fly more than 300 million passengers a year. Other firms dropping ties to the NRA include:

Enterprise Holdings, which owns rental car brands Alamo, Enterprise and National, said discounts offered to NRA members would end on 26 March

Another car rental firm, Hertz, also said it was ending discounts offered to NRA members.

The family-owned First National Bank of Omaha said it would not renew NRA-branded credit cards, citing "customer feedback"

Insurance firm Chubb said it had stopped underwriting an NRA-branded insurance policy three months ago
Software firm Symantec said it had stopped its discount programme with the NRA

Two removal firms, Allied Van Lines and NorthAmerican Van Lines, ended their affiliate relationship with the NRA and asked for their details to be removed from its website

Insurer MetLife Inc also cut ties.

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