Earlier this week, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) was informed of a new policy that states that the United Parcel Service (UPS) will no longer accept shipments obtaining firearm suppressors. This new policy not only applies to individuals, but also extends to licensed dealers.
According to the NSSF Press Release, no thefts or losses have been reported, which only gives us more of a reason to question UPS’s policy. Currently the NSSF is working closely with executives at UPS to determine what prompted the implementation of this surprising new policy.
“Earlier this week, ASA was made aware of the decision by UPS to cease all shipments of firearm suppressors,” Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association told Guns.com Sunday. “We have been working alongside NRA and NSSF to get to the bottom of the issue.”
With the continuous growth in demand for firearm suppressors along with the large amount currently in route, over 600,000 to be exact, this new policy could actually ending up hurting UPS. Williams claims that if UPS does not reconsider, he will explore other carriers. Judging by the commentary left by social media users, some of their business might just travel over to FedEx.
“Banning shipping suppressors? We’ll be shipping Fed-Ex,” said another in response to a photo posted thanking the military for their service.
“Is that why you banned shipping certain LEGAL firearms accessories? Veterans make up a large segment of the shooting sports industries. Sounds like your obligatory committee written PC post to make people think you actually care about Americans and our freedoms,” said another Facebook user.
39 states currently allow the possession of suppressors, which would mean that UPS is implementing a policy that places restrictions on an individuals’ legal right. Why should it matter what they’re shipping as long as the contents are not illegal or harmful to the carrier or to others? Not to mention the fact that a suppressor without a firearm attached is nothing more than a useless metal tube.
As long as the individual is abiding by the laws of his or her state, there should be no problem with the contents inside of a package that they are paying money to have shipped.