Bank to End N.R.A. Visa Card After Customer Outcry

After a barrage of customer complaints this week, the First National Bank of Omaha said on Thursday that it would withdraw its National Rifle Association-branded Visa credit card.

“Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the N.R.A.,” Kevin C. Langin, a bank spokesman, said in a statement. “As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the N.R.A. Visa Card.”

Mr. Langin declined to say when the contract expires, whether the card was already inactive or what would happen to cardholders.

A request for comment from the N.R.A. was not immediately returned.

Many of the bank’s customers took to social media in recent days threatening to cut ties with the company if it continued its ties to the firearms trade group.

On Wednesday, a web page describing the card was taken down. A cached version of the website refers to the card as “the official credit card of the N.R.A.” and offers a $40 credit with the first purchase made on the card.

“That’s enough to reimburse your one-year N.R.A. membership!” the page said.

Visa, in a statement, said that it had no contractual or financial relationship with the N.R.A.

“Visa co-branded cards do not represent an endorsement by Visa of that cause or organization,” the company said. “We strive to make our payment services available to all people in all places, for uses consistent with local, national, and international laws.”

Content originally published on https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/business/nra-visa-card.html by TIFFANY HSU