Businesses Are Fleeing The NRA In Wake Of Parkland School Shooting

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Delta Air Lines and United Airlines announced this weekend that they will cut ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this month.

Not to be outdone, other companies have followed suit.

The mega-shipper's main link to the group is through the NRA Business Alliance, which offers members up to 26% discounts on their package costs.

First National Bank of Omaha: One of the country's largest privately held banks tweeted Thursday, "Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA".

Activists have posted petitions online, identifying businesses that offer discounts to NRA members, in a push to pressure the companies to cut ties to the gun rights organization.

NRA's convention website stated, "NRA has also contracted special flight discounts with United Airlines and Delta Airlines, specifically for members attending the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits".

The brands - ranging from insurance companies to airlines to rental vehicle agencies - announced their decisions on social media, many in direct response to tweets demanding change under the trending hashtag #boycottNRA. The bank and vehicle rental company were used by the NRA to promote its membership through discounts and bonus deals. The other two big-name auto rental companies are also on the list.

The NRA claims 5 million members and takes in tens of millions of dollars each year through supporters, which it uses to fight gun regulations in the name of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees Americans the right to bear arms.

Several vehicle rental firms and hotel chains have terminated discount programs with the group, including Hertz, Enterprise, National and Alamo auto rental firms, along with Best Western and Wyndham Hotels.

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First National Bank of Omaha got the ball rolling on Thursday when it announced via tweet that it "will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card".

The NRA did not respond to Sky News' request for comment.

Two other companies - the insurer Chubb and Wyndham Hotel Group - confirmed to CNNMoney Friday that they've recently ended partnerships with the NRA.

The measures come after 17 people were shot dead by a lone gunman at a high school in Florida this week.

SIRVA, parent company of both North American and Allied van lines, said in a statement Saturday that, effective immediately, it no longer has "an affiliate relationship" with the NRA.

The issue of gun control, and the NRA's role in opposing it, became the focus of renewed national debate after a former student killed 17 people on February 14 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland, using an AR-15 assault rifle he had purchased legally.

Hotel Planner also still appears to be operating with the organisation, as well as FedEx, which gives NRA members discounts on shipping fees. Social media users said they would go with the NRA-free companies, and both Hertz and Avis made a decision to end their own relationships with the gun lobby in the face of this mounting boycott.

"The NRA will back it and so will Congress", Trump contended as he called for raising the legal age of purchase for "all" guns from 18 to 21.

People visit a makeshift memorial setup in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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