UPS decides to stop shipping firearms ground service
I hear Fed Ex is a good service and doesn’t ask questions..
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — United Parcel Service has decided to stop delivering
handguns through its ground service, sending gun makers scrambling to find
alternatives to the world’s largest package distribution company, The
Morning Call reported today.
Atlanta-based UPS — which handles the vast majority of firearms shipments
– is changing its policy beginning Monday to reduce the risk of guns being
stolen en route.
“We’re trying to protect ourselves from employees stealing and criminals
stealing,” UPS spokesman Bob Godlewski said. Handgun shipments have been
stolen in the past, Godlewski said, although he would not say how many.
The company will continue to ship handguns by overnight air service, since
such deliveries involve less risk than ground shipments that can take up to
six days, Godlewski said.
Overnight delivery, however, costs about $25 more per gun — or about four
times as much for a complete shipment, said Jim Chambers, executive director
of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute. “That’s what
we’re trying to come to grips with. We’re looking
for alternative methods,” Chambers said. UPS will continue to ship long
guns, rifles and shotguns by
ground. Godlewski said handguns are more of a target for criminals. Each
business day, Atlanta-based UPS delivers 12 million packages via its
trademark brown trucks and brown-uniformed employees. UPS handles up to 75
percent of guns sent from manufacturers to distributors and nearly all
firearms shipped from distributors to dealers, Chambers said. The US Postal
Service also will not send handguns by ground shipment, said an employee at
the service’s nationwide Postal Answer Line.
A small gun dealer in Walnutport, Pa., said the UPS policy change would hurt
his business. “It’s going to kill me,” said Paul Keifer, owner of Keifer’s
Joe Koehler, owner of Eagle Arms Sport Shop near Breinigsville, said he
supported the change if it helps keep guns off the street. “So it costs a
little more,” Koehler said. “I think it’s a non-issue. It’s their policy.
Maybe one day they’ll say they won’t ship any guns.”