First National Bank of Omaha said Feb. 22 that it will drop its Visa credit card co-branded with the National Rifle Association after the bank endured a wave of criticism following the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The bank made the announcement after customers expressed disappointment on Facebook and Twitter over the bank's relationship with the lobbying group that has continued to advocate for gun rights in the wake of the shooting that killed 17 people. Several customers said they would be changing banks due to the NRA partnership.
"Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA. As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card," bank spokesperson Kevin Langin said.
First National Bank of Omaha had offered two credit cards offering a $40 statement credit, which the NRA said would cover a one-year membership. A "complete rewards" card offered 5% cash back on sporting goods store purchases and gas while a "platinum edition" card teased a 0% introductory annual percentage rate.
The "official credit card of the NRA" is no longer listed on the First National Bank of Omaha webpage.