FedEx differs with NRA on gun issues, but won't end member discounts


USA companies that have partnered with the National Rifle Association (NRA) to offer discounts to its members have begun to distance themselves from the gun lobbying group after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting.

Vehicle hire companies Enterprise, Alamo, National, and Hertz have all ended discount programmes for NRA members, while the First National Bank of Omaha has stopped issuing an NRA-branded credit card.

Last week, the website ThinkProgress named 22 major companies involved in corporate partnerships with the pro-gun lobby.

Many companies offered discounts to NRA members. First National Bank of Omaha on Thursday said it was ending its offering of NRA-branded credit cards based on "customer feedback", and MetLife ended some special insurance offerings.

The airline is one of several national corporations to end business partnerships with the NRA in recent days following a mass shooting at a Florida high school.

"FedEx has never provided any donation or sponsorship to the NRA which is one of hundreds of alliance and association participants that serve more than one million customers", the statement said.

"Although this call is meant to focus on our business, like all Americans, we also struggle with the shock and sadness of these frightful events", Sturm Ruger said.

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Also, pro-NRA lawmakers in Georgia threatened to kill tax breaks for Delta, which is headquartered in Atlanta, unless the company changes its position and reinstates its relationship with the NRA.

The organizations severing ties with the NRA include companies involved in travel, banking, health, and more. The companies' decisions follow a growing backlash, much of it led by students, against the gun lobby and lawmakers that have been reluctant to pass tougher firearm restrictions in the wake of the shooting, which took place on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"There's no bigger fan of the 2nd Amendment than me and there's no bigger fan of the NRA, and these guys are great patriots they're great people, and they want to do something", the President said.

"We are joining other companies in our industry to examine what we can do to help end the tragedy of mass shootings", the bank said in a statement. In 2014, the NRA received $22 million from individual donors for its PAC-money it uses in part to contribute to politicians.

Delta Air Lines announced Saturday morning that it's ending discounted rates for NRA members.

"[FedEx] has chosen to continue its business relationship with the NRA, despite its board member pushing conspiracies against children who survived Parkland", Hoppus wrote online.

FedEx's public policy, like UPS's, is that "f$3 irearms must be shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight service", according to the company's 2018 Service Guide, which also states that FedEx will not transport handguns via FedEx Ground.