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These Companies Are Sticking By The NRA

In what may be a pivotal moment for American firearm legal reforms, the National Rifle Association has become the subject matter of intense pushback from anti-gun activists and survivors of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead.

All the attention prompted the gun-rights group to break from its usual strategy of maintaining quiet after mass handgun deaths. NRA officials have gone on the two attacks to rail against the “politicization” of a misfortune, and going so far as to suggest that members of the media “love mass shootings” because of the ratings they supposedly bring.

The uproar has once again presented companies affiliated with the NRA, and its powerful pro-gun foyer, with a question: to cut ties, or to continue a relationship with a large but controversial group?

The NRA partners with dozens of businesses to spread its pro-gun message and offer discounts to its members, who number 5 million, according to the group. But this week, some corporations have begun to jump ship.

Facing pressure from consumers, the First National Bank of Omaha said Thursday it would stop issuing NR-Abranded Visa debit card after its contract with the group expires. Enterprise Holding, which operates the rental automobile brands Enterprise, National and Alamo, says it will end its discount program for NRA members next month, along with Avis and Budget. Hertz is out, too.

Other corporations trenching the NRA include Chubb, which underwrites the NRA’s Carry Guard firearms insurance; Symantec’s LifeLock, an identity-theft prevention service, and Norton, which provides for computer security software; home security system provider SimpliSafe; Allied and North American Van Lines, two moving services; TrueCar, which powered a new and used automobile website; and MetLife, which had offered savings on home and automobile insurance to NRA members.

“We value all our clients but have decided to end our discount program with the NRA, ” a MetLife spokesman said in a statement.

On Friday, software corporation Wild Apricot said it had asked the NRA to remove its logo from the organization’s website. “We have contacted the NRA directly and asked them to remove our logo and the affiliated text, as they were actually use that without permission from us, ” a spokesperson told ThinkProgress.

After initially protecting discounts for NRA members traveling to Dallas in May for the group’s annual convention, both Delta and United announced plans to objective their respective relationships with the NRA Saturday. Starkey Hearing Engineering, which offered savings on hearing aids for members, also stated it would not renew its contract with the NRA.

The following corporations, however, have not mentioned that they plan to sever ties with the gun-rights group:

Amazon

Amazon continues to offer the NRA TV app, allowing anyone with a Fire TV or certain play controllers to watch the NRA’s television channel, despite calls from high-profile activists to fell the content.

Everytown and Moms Demand Action, two handgun safety groups, joined forces to launching a campaign Friday demanding that streaming services stop offering NRA TV.

“NRA TV is home to the NRA’s most dangerous and violence-inciting propaganda, ” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said in a statement. “It’s time for tech presidents to acknowledge their role in helping the NRA spread this dangerous content and cut it out.”

A Change.org petition also aims to get NRA TV pulled from Amazon in particular.

Apple

The NRA TV app is also available on Apple TV. The corporation did not respond to a request for comment.

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s

Along with Cabela’s, which it acquired in 2017, Bass Pro Shops offers a wide variety of outdoor gear, and both storages are set to appear at the NRA’s national convention in May. A company spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Clearent

Clearent, a debit card processing corporation, offers “firearms friendly” services geared toward NRA members. A representative did not respond to a request for comment.

FedEx

FedEx offers NRA members discounts from 18 percent to 26 percent on domestic and international shipping. A page on the NRA website describing FedEx offers has been removed, but the shipping company has not made a statement about any altered in its relationship with the gun-rights group.

GunsDown, an anti-gun group, has been petitioning FedEx to aim its affiliation with the NRA for over a year.

Harland Clarke Direct Selling Solutions

Harland Clarke offers NR-Abranded checks to members. The corporation did not respond to a request for commentary.

HotelPlanner

The company powers the NRA’s travel discount site, offering savings on airfare and hotel reservations with major chains including Best Western, Mariott, Hampton Inn and others. HotelPlanner were planning to honor its contract with the NRA.

“Our company furnishes discounted chambers to several large-scale associations, including the NRA. These associations greatly benefit our customers by buying discounted chambers from groups that might otherwise be charged a penalty by hotels for not using all of the rooms in their block, ” HotelPlanner CEO Tim Hentschel said in a statement. “Many of the working group are charity events, weddings, family reunions, and youth athletics teams, so saving these groups that are on a budget from any unforeseen expenditure is our number one priority at HotelPlanner.com.”

Hyatt Regency( Dallas )

The Hyatt Regency hotel in Dallas will host NRA events during the group’s annual convention in May. A representative did not immediately return a request for comment.

Lockton Affinity

NRA members can purchase handguns insurance through Lockton Affinity, a group insurance provider. The corporation did not respond to a request for comment.

ManageUrID

ManageUrID, which aims to prevent personal information from being spread online, offers unspecified savings to NRA members. It did not respond to a request for comment.

MidwayUSA

MidwayUSA gives a wide variety of outdoor goods, including camping gear, all-weather apparel and firearms.

“No company in America is more dedicated to, and more supportive of, the goals of the National Rifle Association than MidwayUSA, ” it states on its website.

NetSpend

Through NetSpend, gun rights advocates can buy prepaid NR-Abranded Visa debit cards. The company said it is reviewing its relationship with the NRA.

Visa, meanwhile, said in a statement this week that its co-branded cards “do not represent an endorsement by Visa of that make or organization.”

“We strive to induce our pay services available to all people in all places, for uses consistent with local, national, and international laws, ” a Visa spokesman said.

Omni Hotels

Omni’s Dallas outpost will host events put on by the NRA as part of its national convention in May. A spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

Roku

Roku is another video streaming device that constructs NRA TV available to onlookers. A Roku spokeswoman said the company is “deeply saddened” by the Florida shooting.

“We operate an open streaming platform” that allows customers to choose from thousands of amusement, news and special interest channels, the spokesperson said. “However our content policies prohibit the publication of the information contained that is unlawful, invites illegal activities or infringes third-party rights , among other things. If we determine that a channel violates these policies, it will be removed.”

SiriusXM

Sirius airs a reveal from NRA TV called “Cam& Co” on its conservative Patriot station, where host Cam Edwards discusses current events to its implementation of how they might affect firearm rights. A company spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

Vinesse Wines

Vinesse operates a variety of wine clubs. The NRA has claimed its American Cellars Wine Club( the company’s flagship) as its official group. Vinesse did not respond to a request for comment.

YouTube

NRA TV is likewise available on YouTube, which operates a “three strikes” policy on channels that violate its terms and conditions. A representative did not respond to a request for comment.

Likewise: Various local firms

The NRA Business Alliance maintains a directory of local enterprises that support the group. Organized by country and business kind, they include sporting goods stores, legal services, security companies and insurance providers. It appears any type of business can apply to be included in the directory — the White Oak Grille in Coatesville, Missouri, for example, claims a spot.

Please check back for updates.

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