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Customers that contacted First Nat'l Bank over NRA relationship satisfied with decision

Posted: 5:39 PM, Feb 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-27 00:18:08Z

The list of companies that have canceled relationships with the National Rifle Association continues to grow, and some who made the first pleas say the momentum isn't stopping.

Last week, First National Bank of Omaha decided they will not renew their contract with the association to issue the NRA Visa card.  The bank says customer feedback caused them to review their relationship.

Nebraskans Against Gun Violence says they gathered at least half a dozen people with large accounts to voice their concerns with First National Bank, and also contacted hundreds others about doing the same.

Alison Armstrong was one of the account holders who wrote a letter to the bank.  She believes most NRA members are responsible gun owners, but now the organization is doing more to push weapon sales instead of gun safety.

"But you know Nebraskans are pretty sensible and i think that this is the time to be taking a stand on those kinds of issues and they know it and they did it and it makes me happier to bank there," Armstrong explained.

At least one dozen companies have cut ties with the NRA.

"The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school's security preparedness, the failure of America's mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement," the NRA said in a statement.  "Despite 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 by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve."