Numerous companies that previously offered discounts and special offers to members of the National Rifle Association have distanced themselves from the NRA in recent days with many completely dissolving their relationships with the gun rights group.
One of the holdouts was FedEx. Today, the company issued a statement about their relationship with the NRA and gun rights in general.
FedEx essentially said they won’t be ending their relationship with the NRA, but that came with quite a few other statements about gun rights in general.
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.
Assault rifles are generally regarded as fully automatic firearms, which are already highly restricted from civilian ownership, and civilians cannot owned newly manufactured automatic weapons, so it is unclear if FedEx is also talking about the currently widely available semi-automatic rifles available to the general public.
Anti-gun activists were quick to call for a boycott of FedEx despite their statement about “assault rifles”:
So far, Delta Airlines, National Car Rental and First National Bank of Omaha among others have completely cut their ties with the NRA. Other companies say they are evaluating their relationship with the NRA.
Earlier today, after it was announced that Delta was terminating their relationship with the NRA, the Lt Governor of Georgia threatened the tax status of Delta Airlines, one of Georgia’s largest businesses and employers over their decision to stop working with the NRA.