Lincoln, Nebraska (AP)) The country's largest private banking holding company and a major car rental chain said on Thursday they will suspend promotions for members of the National Rifle Association.
First National Bank of Omaha, based in Nebraska, will not renew its contract to issue The spokesman Kevin Langin said in a statement that "the comments of customers have led us to review our relationship with the NRA," said Langin.
Langin refused to say when the contract would expire and would not. Detail what kind of comments the company received.
Separately, the Enterprise Vehicle Rental Company said that its three brands would end a discount program for NRA members.
Both companies posted 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 committed to take their business elsewhere.
The announcements came after the ThinkProgress Progressive News website included them as companies that support the NRA. ThinkProgress noted that First National Bank offered two NRA cards, each with a $ 40 bonus, and promoted them as "enough to reimburse their one-year NRA membership." He also noted that Enterprise "offers members an unspecified discount."
On Thursday, the bank's website announcing the NRA card had been deactivated. A cached version of the site promoted the card as "the official credit card of the NRA" and noted the benefits of the membership.
NRA credit cards are part of a larger company in which the bank issues cards with the logos of organizations, such as the sporting goods store Scheels and the Best Western hotel chain.
Twitter accounts for Enterprise and its two other brands, Alamo and National, tweeted late on Thursday: "All three brands ended the discount for NRA members, this change will take effect on March 26. "
The NRA has faced intense criticism following the shooting at the school in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead, the latest in a series of high-profile mass murders in the United States
An NRA spokeswoman sent questions on Thursday to the group's licensing department. A phone message left with that office was not returned immediately.
A group that tracks the credit industry said the move could carry significant risks for First National Bank of Omaha.
"Many will applaud the move, but the NRA members are very loyal and the organization has been very good at mobilizing its members," said Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com. "However, banks are in the business of managing risks of all kinds, and First National clearly sees this as one they are willing to take."
First National Bank has banks in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.
The writers of The Associated Press Sarah Skidmore Sell in Portland, Oregon and Kelvin Chan in Hong Kong contributed to this report.
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