FedEx is taking a stand that will upset some gun owners saying civilians should not carry assault rifles, but the company also says it will still provide discounts to NRA members who ship them.
FedEx is on the defense as activists push for a nationwide boycott against the Memphis-based shipping giant.
Several major companies have cut ties with the National Rifle Association over the past week. Hertz, Enterprise rent-a-car and United Airlines are among the companies no longer offering discounts to NRA members.
Monday, FedEx stood with those companies saying it doesn’t support the NRA’s positions on the issues of gun policy and safety, but it will not cut ties with the NRA.
This is all in response to the Florida high school mass shooting last week where 17 people were shot and killed in a school.
Amid the debate over how to stop another tragedy, the NRA came under fire from students and others who want stiffer gun control policies.
Companies who offer discounts to NRA members also felt some of that heat as online boycotts mounted against those who continued to do business with the NRA.
FedEx responded to the hash tag “BoycottFedex” with the following statement:
“FedEx Corporation’s positions on the issues of gun policy and safety differ from those of the National Rifle Association (NRA). FedEx opposes assault rifles being in the hands of civilians. While we strongly support the constitutional right of U.S. citizens to own firearms subject to appropriate background checks, FedEx views assault rifles and large capacity magazines as an inherent potential danger to schools, workplaces, and communities when such weapons are misused. We therefore support restricting them to the military. Most important, FedEx believes urgent action is required at the local, state, and Federal level to protect schools and students from incidents such as the horrific tragedy in Florida on February 14th.
FedEx is a common carrier under Federal law and therefore does not and will not deny service or discriminate against any legal entity regardless of their policy positions or political views. The NRA is one of hundreds of organizations in our alliances/association Marketing program whose members receive discounted rates for FedEx shipping. FedEx has never set or changed rates for any of our millions of customers around the world in response to their politics, beliefs or positions on issues.”
FedEx released this additional statement Tuesday:
“FedEx is aware there are some continuing concerns related to the NRA, and we want to provide important, clarifying facts.
First, the pricing program that is the focus of these concerns is not for the NRA itself – it is for American small businesses and consumers that are members of the association. For shipping from its online store (http://www.nrastore.com/shipping-information), the NRA uses UPS and not FedEx.
FedEx has never provided any donation or sponsorship to the NRA which is one of hundreds of alliance and association participants that serve more than one million customers. FedEx remains committed to all our customers and the pricing we provide them independent of their political affiliations and views.”
FedEx issued another clarification Wednesday to its recent statements on discounts for NRA members, and previous statements made about UPS.
“To be clear, FedEx and UPS are saying the same thing about the NRA: UPS provides discounted shipping rates to the NRA, which uses UPS for shipping. FedEx provides discounted shipping rates to independent small businesses and other members of the NRA through our alliance marketing program – rates that are consistent with those offered to more than one million members of hundreds of other associations. Both FedEx and UPS are common carriers under federal law, and as UPS said, we are obligated to provide service to shippers engaged in lawful conduct with an item that is legal to ship and agrees to the company’s terms and conditions regarding the shipment.” – Patrick Fitzgerald, FedEx senior vice president of integrated marketing and communications