Delta, United pull back from NRA

Delta, United pull back from NRA

The airlines join the Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, Alamo, and National auto rental brands as well as First National Bank of Omaha, Best Western hotels, MetLife insurance, and more than a dozen other companies in ending deals with the NRA.

The Hertz Corp.: "We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA's rental vehicle discount program with Hertz", the rental auto company tweeted Thursday afternoon.

A growing number of large companies have announced they have dropped the gun lobby and shooting-sports promotion group, deciding it is not good business to link their brands to the NRA.

Delta took to Twitter, writing that it will "be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website". "Usually what happens is that the storm passes, and the NRA counts on that".

"Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA", Langin said.

"It makes economic sense to get on the side of the majority of Americans", said Hutcher, co-managing partner of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP.

Delta previously offered discounted airfare for NRA members, and United offered discounts on flights to and from the organization's annual conference.

A spokesperson for moving van lines Allied and North American, which are both owned by Sirva, said Friday that the brands "no longer have an affiliate relationship with the NRA effective immediately".

United's announcement came hours after its competitor, Delta Airlines, announced it would also end a discount program for NRA members.

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MetLife, the giant NY life insurer, also said Friday it has canceled its NRA group-discount program.

A marketing professor, Scott Galloway, told NBC News that in dropping ties to the NRA, companies were calculating what would be in the best interests of their business.

For a second consecutive day, companies listed on the site have cut ties to the group as it aggressively resists calls for stricter gun control in the wake of the mass shooting last week at a Florida high school that left 17 dead. At a town hall hosted by CNN on Wednesday, school shooting survivors pushed for lawmakers to support a ban on certain assault-style rifles. Hotel Planner, unmoved by the controversy, said it would stick by the NRA.

The NRA Carry Guard program offers coverage for certain costs associated with gun-related accidents or incidents in which the gun owner claims they lawfully acted in self defense.

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

Responding to the news, United Airlines told Think Progress it did not have any special affiliation with the NRA and the arrangement to provide the discounts were part of "its standard meeting agreement process".

A home security company SimpliSafe, which gave NRA members two free months of home monitoring with the purchase of a home security system, said it had discontinued the program in a statement to ThinkProgress.

Wyndham Hotel Group said in a statement that it "ended our relationship with the NRA late previous year".

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