Delta and United Airlines have cut ties with the NRA (DAL, UAL)

Javier Stokes
February 25, 2018

The move comes in the wake of a mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead and sparked a student-led push for federal gun control that has gain attention nationally.

None of the companies gave details about why or when they made a decision to cut ties with the NRA, but the news comes as the hashtag #BoycottNRA has taken social media by storm.

In a letter sent to Scott on Saturday, Rep. Bill Hager cited the resignation of a school resource officer who didn't enter the freshman building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when the shooting started on February 14.

Insurer Chubb said it is ending participation in the NRA's gun-owner insurance programme, but it provided notice three months ago.

The Associated Press reported that MetLife Inc., the insurance company, stopped their NRA discount program, as did software company Symantec Corp. and vehicle rental companies Hertz and Enterprise Holdings.

Symantec Corp.: - "Symantec has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association", the software company, which makes Norton Antivirus technology, tweeted Friday.

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.

Chubb Limited, a giant in the personal accident and life insurance game has for a long-time offered the NRA Carry Guard plan, which provides insurance coverage to NRA members caught up in shooting self-defense lawsuits.

In a tweet sent early Saturday morning, Delta said that it will be ending its contract that provided discounted rates for NRA members "through our group travel program".

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After the shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, survivors of the massacre have protested for stronger gun laws.

Spitzer noted that it was not the first time big business has been pulled into the gun debate.

In 2014, Chipotle asked customers not to bring firearms into its stores after gun-rights advocates brought military-style rifles into one of its Texas restaurants.

Calls for tighter gun control measures have been rejected by the NRA, which instead pointed the finger at school security, the mental health system and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Larry Hutcher, an attorney who specializes in commercial law and litigation, said companies are reacting to a perception that public opinion is shifting on gun regulation.

"It's based on the fact that these companies and their marketing officers are reading the tea leaves". The public pressure just simply wasn't there to make a major change.

LaPierre was speaking to participants of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual politically conservative conference. Marco Rubio broke with an NRA stance when he announced he would support raising the age from 18 to 21 for "buying a rifle". Vague at first wanted the deal, but "morally resolute" colleagues brought the team "to a firm 'no, ' because of the assault-weapons issue", Vague said.

And Bloomberg News reported that some investors have dumped shares of gun companies.

BlackRock is largest holder of the three companies where the proposals have been filed: Dick's Sporting goods, with 8.4 percent; Sturm Ruger, with nearly 17 percent; and American Outdoor Brands, with 11.11 percent.

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