'Customer Feedback' Leads to Cut Ties With NRA

First National Bank of Omaha ditches NRA Visa card; Enterprise also bails
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 23, 2018 12:05 AM CST
Car Rental Chain, Bank End NRA Promotions
An Enterprise Rent-A-Car location in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The nation's largest privately owned bank holding company and a major car rental chain are stopping promotions aimed at National Rifle Association members. The Nebraska-based First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract to issue the group's NRA Visa card, spokesman Kevin Langin said in a statement Thursday. "Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA," Langin said. He declined to say when the contract would expire and wouldn't elaborate on what sort of feedback the company had received, the AP reports. Separately, car rental company Enterprise said its three brands would end a discount program for NRA members.

Both companies released their statements dozens of times on Twitter in response to calls for them to sever ties with the NRA. Some Twitter users who identified themselves as customers pledged to take their business elsewhere. On Thursday, the First National Bank webpage that advertised the NRA card had been disabled. A cached version of the site touted the card as "the official credit card of the NRA" and noted the benefits of membership. Twitter accounts for Enterprise and its two other brands, Alamo and National, tweeted late Thursday: "All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26." The NRA has faced intense criticism following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead.

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