NRA Gun Industry Backlash & Boycotts

Renewed calls for gun control reforms followed the mass shooting in Parkland, with many of the teenage survivors emerging as vocal activists.  A majority of Americans support a backlash the gun industry has faced since this tragedy. A Quinnipiac University Poll published on March 6, 2018, found that 61 percent support a national ban on selling assault weapons. That finding was consistent with banning the sale of high-capacity magazines—clips that hold more than 10 rounds—which 63 percent of respondents supported.

The overwhelming majority of respondents, 89 percent backed so-called “red flag laws” (similar to the GVRO) which would allow law enforcement or family members to petition a judge to remove firearms from an individual who may pose a risk to themselves or others. Ninety-one percent support a regulation banning gun ownership by someone with a restraining order against them for stalking or domestic violence. Pollsters interviewed 1,122 voters from March 3 – 5. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.  (

Since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a slew of corporations have rushed to cut ties with the NRA. Three major U.S. retailers voluntarily restricted gun sales, making a policy statement regarding their image with consumers. Walmart Inc., the nation’s largest retailer, followed the lead of Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. and tightened restrictions on gun sales this week, including banning sales to customers under 21.

Kroger Co. followed suit, saying it was curbing firearm sales at its Fred Meyer general-merchandise stores. Kroger is also the parent of the Ralphs grocery chain. A number of companies, including Delta Air Lines Inc. and Hertz Corp., also have ended discount programs available to the 5 million members of the National Rifle Assn. ( )

Leaders in arranging borrowing for gun companies since the Sandy Hook Dec 2012 shooting include Wells Fargo & Co. as the preferred financier for the U.S. gun industry. The bank has helped two of the biggest U.S. firearm and ammunition companies to access $431.1 million in loans and bonds since Dec 2012.


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