Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Companies cut ties with the NRA; FedEx stands pat

Companies cut ties with the NRA; FedEx stands pat

Three of the world's largest car-rental companies and the largest US privately-owned bank holding company have joined the parade of corporations cutting ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

In addition, vehicle rental company Enterprise Holdings, which also owns Alamo and National, has said it was cutting off discounts for NRA members.

Last week, the website ThinkProgress named 22 major companies involved in corporate partnerships with the pro-gun lobby. The National Rifle Association is always a leftist target, though this time the rate of fire has increased, and it's yielding some results that will affect NRA members.

The package delivery company is the latest business to distance itself from the NRA since the mass shooting at a South Florida high school two weeks ago.

In doing so, those companies join Symantec (SYMC), Hertz (HTZ), MetLife (MET) and others who have said they would end the discounts they offer to members of the National Rifle Association or otherwise re-evaluate their ties with the gun industry.

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The NRA blasted the companies that severed ties for "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice".

Corporate America is sending a message to USA 2nd Amendment supporters as company after company severs benefits partnerships with the National Rifle Association.

On Monday, FedEx said in a statement that it did not agree with the NRA's gun-policy positions - but that it would continue to offer members of the gun-rights group discounts.

NRA members still have access to other perks, such as a free gun-owner insurance plan and options to save on travel costs.

Other companies - including FedEx, Life Line Screening, and Amazon (which streams NRAtv) - are feeling the heat of angry consumers as the boycott gains momentum.

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"Some corporations have made a decision to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice", the NRA said in a statement last week.

The statement comes in the wake of the fatal school shooting earlier this month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed. The company did not describe what kind of benefits had been offered to NRA members.

Georgia lawmakers are taking on Delta, refusing to restore the air line's special tax breaks so long as it maintains its anti-NRA stance.

"To be clear, FedEx and UPS are saying the same thing about the NRA: UPS provides discounted shipping rates to the NRA, which uses UPS for shipping".

Avis and Budget, which are owned by the same company, were also listed as discount providers on NRA's website Friday.

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"NRA voters vote at a greater percentage than most common voters out there", said former Florida Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-FL), who endured millions of dollars in NRA attacks during his unsuccessful bid in 2016 to unseat Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).

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