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Huge private bank cuts ties with NRA in wake of FL shooting

National Rife Association (NRA)
February 23, 2018

After more than a decade of doing business with the NRA, the First National Bank of Omaha announced on Thursday that it will not renew a contract with the National Rifle Association. This decision followed days of public scrutiny against the NRA after the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week where 17 people died.

A tweet by the bank said that “customer feedback” brought on the decision to stop issuing the NRA Visa card and not renew the contract.

This decision followed a report by ThinkProgress that named First National Bank as one of more than 20 companies that rewards NRA members with incentives.

Just hours after the report, First National Bank had removed the “official credit card of the NRA” logo from its website. It was replaced with an error message.

Repeated requests for information about the withdrawal of the logo went unanswered by both Visa and First National Bank, reports stated.

While there was no response to ThinkProgress, the bank tweeted to pacify heated customers who were considering terminating their business relationships with First National Bank.

“First National Bank is the first of the corporations to officially end its relationship with the NRA in the aftermath of Parkland,” the bank tweeted.

ThinkProgress published a list of more than 20 companies who “partner” with the NRA to offer discounts to members. Since that list went public, Alamo, Enterprise and National car rental companies, as well as First National Bank, have ended their relationships with the NRA.