Yeti Coolers, a favorite brand among outdoor enthusiasts, has cut ties with the National Rifle Association, potentially putting it at odds with a sizable percentage of its customer base.
The NRA sent a note to its members Friday saying the company informed the group it would no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation.
For years YETI Coolers have been a hot item for sportsmen at the Friends of NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction events around the country. … Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with The NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why. They will only say they will no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation.
Yeti did not initially make any public statement about its policy shift, but on Monday responded to the NRA’s claims.
A few weeks ago, Yeti notified the NRA Foundation, as well as a number of other organizations, that we were eliminating a group of outdated discounting programs. When we notified the NRA Foundation and the other organizations of this change, Yeti explained that we were offering them an alternative customization program broadly available to consumers and organizations, including the NRA Foundation. These facts directly contradict the inaccurate statement the NRA-ILA distributed on April 20.
Further, the NRA-ILA stated in that same public communication that ‘[Yeti has] declined to continue helping America’s young people enjoy outdoor recreational activities.’ Nothing is further from the truth. Yeti was founded more than 10 years ago with a passion for the outdoors, and over the course of our history we have actively and enthusiastically supported hunters, anglers and the broader outdoor community. We have been devoted to and will continue to directly support causes tied to our passion for the outdoors, including by working with many organizations that promote conservation and management of wildlife resources and habitat restoration. From our website to our film footage and from our social media posts to our ambassadors, Yeti has always prominently featured hunters pursuing their passions. Moreover, Yeti is unwavering in our belief in and commitment to the Constitution of the United States and its Second Amendment.
NRA members and supporters are expressing their displeasure to Yeti via social media, with some calling for a boycott campaign.
Yeti is just the latest company to sever its relationship with the NRA after the group resisted calls for stricter gun control after a string of school shootings. The tragedy in Parkland, Fla. served as the catalyst, but another student opened fire Friday in Ocala, Fla., injuring one classmate.
Here’s a list of more companies that have withdrawn their support:
The outdoor retailer halted orders of certain products from Vista Outdoors—whose brands include CamelBak (maker of popular water bottles), Bell (known for its bicycle helmets), and Giro (a ski goggle manufacturer)—because of that company’s close ties to the NRA.
Delta Air Lines
The carrier (DAL) withdrew from an agreement to provide discounted travel for National Rifle Association members attending the pro-gun group’s annual meeting in February. The move resulted in the state stripping the airline of a $40 million tax break.
Like Delta, United (UAL) stopped providing discounted travel in February.
The insurance giant (MET) in February ended its discount program for NRA members, raising costs on insurance for boats, motorcycles and RVs.
First National Bank
Enterprise Rent A Car
As of last month, the rental car agency let its corporate relationship with the NRA expire, meaning member discounts ended.
NRA members won’t find a discount on car rentals here, either.
Budget Car Rental
March 26 was the last day of this car rental company offered NRA discounts. The program has been discontinued.
Allied and North American Van Lines
Both moving companies have ended their discount programs.
The company (SYMC) behind Norton Antivirus no longer offers discounts to NRA members.
The hotel chain (WYN) made it clear in February it had cut ties with the NRA, but didn’t say when that had occurred.
NRA members will find no discounts at this national chain either, but that has been the case since 2014.
NRA members used to get a prescription discount program via this benefits management company.
The shutdown of that program began in February.