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Delta, United sever ties with National Rifle Association

Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. have cut ties with the National Rifle Association amid calls to boycott the lobby group in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting on Feb. 14.

Delta will end its contract for discounted travel rates to the NRA's 2018 annual meeting and has asked the association to remove Delta's information from its website, the airline said in a Feb. 24 statement. "Delta's decision reflects the airline's neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings," it added.

United also said it would stop offering discounted flights to the NRA annual meeting, Bloomberg News reported.

The actions from two of the largest American passenger carriers follow those of other companies that have ended their partnerships with the NRA as activists called for brands to cut ties with the lobby group. The First National Bank of Omaha has said it will drop its Visa debit card co-branded with the NRA, while insurer Chubb said it will discontinue an NRA-branded insurance policy for gun owners.

In response to the string of corporate partnership closures, the NRA said in a statement Feb. 24 that "some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice. In time, these brands will be replaced."