(Neb)-Ricketts Invites NRA Convention To Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has turned to President Trump's favorite communications medium - Twitter - to encourage the National Rifle Association to move its annual convention this May from Dallas to Nebraska.
Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway suggested the NRA find a new city for the convention because anger over last week's deadly mass school shooting in Florida will result in "marches and demonstrations" that could put residents at risk.
Ricketts said in a tweet Friday that he and other Nebraskans "love our constitutional rights" and want the convention in the state. The Nebraska Democratic Party called the tweet "reckless."
In a related story, the First National Bank of Omaha, the nation's largest privately-owned bank, announced on Twitter Thursday that it will not renew a contract to produce credit cards for the NRA
The bank, which includes First National of North Platte, says the move is a response to customer feedback following last week's school shooting in Florida.
The progressive news website ThinkProgress listed the bank as a company that supports the NRA because First National had offered two NRA cards with a $40 bonus and touted it as "enough to reimburse your one-year NRA membership!"
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