At least six car rental agencies and several companies that finance and insure cars and trucks have ended their relationships with the National Rifle Association (NRA) after the fallout from the organization’s statement following the massacre of 17 people at a Florida High School.
In addition to several banks, Enterprise Holdings, which owns Enterprise, Alamo and National car rental groups, announced it will end the discount offering it has with the NRA on March 26. Hertz announced in a tweet it’s also ending its NRA rental car discount program.
A partnership between the NRA and Hertz and advertised on the association’s website has been removed.
Avis and Budget, owned by the same company, were also listed as discount providers on the NRA website. But Avis Budget Group told CNNMoney it was was ending its partnership with the organization.
Among other companies, First National Bank of Omaha said it will stop its NRA-branded Visa card. According to several news, the bank’s decision was base on “customer feedback. spokesperson. MetLife has made the same decision.
The companies’ decision occurred after the hashtag #BoycottNRA has circulated widely on social media.
The NRA’s opposition to gun control has been renewed in the national spotlight since a former student murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with an AR-15 assault rifle he had purchased legally.
The U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment protects the right of Americans to bear arms. The NRA, which has long used campaign donations and effective lobbying to command political influence, argues stricter gun control would erode individual rights. The group has not commented on companies cutting ties.
But Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the NRA, accused Democrats of pushing a “socialist” agenda to deprive gun owners of their weapons during a speech just outside of Washington, D.C.
LaPierre warned Democrats would use the tragedy to push an agenda that went beyond gun control.
“What they want is more restrictions on the law-abiding,” LaPierre said. “They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security.”