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25 February 2018, 01:48 | Lionel James
Hertz, another major vehicle rental company, announced Friday that it would no longer offer a discount to NRA members, which had been up to 25 percent off base rental rates, according to ThinkProgress.
Hours before the airline reversed itself on Saturday, a Delta spokesman had defended its discount for NRA members traveling to the group's convention in May.
Enterprise Holdings also operates the Alamo and National brands. It was responding to a tweet saying "Please END your relationship with the @NRA. #NRABloodOnYourHands." The bank said "customer feedback" spurred it to review its relationship with the NRA.
In addition, the vehicle rental company Enterprise said its three brands would end a discount program for NRA members. Some of these companies include TrueCar, Apricot, Apple, Google, YouTube, Lockton, Allied Van Lines, eHealth, ManageUrID, among others.
Reacting to Caraway's comment, NRA representative Andrew Arunlanandam said, "No politician anywhere can tell the NRA not to come to their city".
Links to the company remained on the NRA website on Saturday.
A number of companies have opted to end discount programmes with the NRA following its aggressive resistance against calls for tighter gun control laws.
On Tuesday, ThinkProgress, a liberal-leaning think tank, published a list of some two dozen "corporate partners" that offer incentives to NRA members.
Caraway said, "It is a tough call when you ask the NRA to reconsider coming to Dallas, but it is putting all citizens first, and getting them to come to the table and elected officials to come to the table and to address this madness now".
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Auto rental firms Enterprise, Hertz, Avis and Budget are among them, along with the insurance giant MetLife, software firm Symantec, and home security company SimpliSafe.
Twitter users told corporate accounts they would stop buying from firms that maintained promotional collaborations with the NRA, which are created to make the $40 annual subscription to the association more enticing for gun owners.
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday and spoke of "the breakneck speed for gun control laws", following the Florida shooting. "It is a political issue", he said.
Proponents of the NRA have also used the hashtag #BoycottNRA to express support for the group. With Carry Guard, the NRA has figured out how to profit from gun owners who are concerned about being accused of murder.
The insurance firm Chubb said it had already stopped underwriting an NRA-branded insurance policy as of three months ago.
Wyndham Hotels - The hotel chain told social media users it is no longer affiliated with the NRA without specifying when that decision was made.
The shipping company gives NRA members up to a 26 percent discount on shipping both within and outside of the country.
The financial stakes held by teacher pension funds in gun companies, like those of other equities, each represent only a sliver of the multibillion-dollar state retirement systems' investments, according to a Bloomberg analysis.
Activists have also called on public pension funds to divest from gun maker stocks, which were broadly lower on Friday.
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