There is more than one way to ban the sale of firearms.
Under the new UPS Tariff Terms and Conditions of Service only licensed dealers, importers, manufacturers, and collectors will be able to ship firearms products or parts via UPS.
According to letters sent to some manufacturers from UPS, one requirement for shipping is that gunmakers sign a written UPS Firearms Agreement for shipping firearms and firearm parts. The one year The UPS Handguns Exception Agreement required for shipping handguns warns that if requirements are not followed, UPS could terminate the agreement. One such agreement would require that customers must ship an average of 50 or more handguns per day via UPS.
Of course, this could have a negative impact on small manufacturers who typically don’t ship that many guns. Also, high-end, custom gunmakers, who also deal in much smaller numbers, could be negatively impacted by it.
UPS can also terminate the agreement at any time whether or not customers comply. “UPS may suspend or terminate delivery services for Shipper, or terminate this Agreement immediately and cease providing service, if UPS determines in its sole and unlimited discretion that such action is prudent or necessary,” the agreement reads.
Despite the fact that all requirements are spelled out in the agreement, the company also reserves the right to change the rules of the game at any time without input from manufacturers.
The latest changes, along with the earlier decision on shipping gun parts, are likely a result of a strongly worded letter sent on May 19 to UPS, Federal Express, the U.S. Postal Service, and trucking and rail carriers by five anti-gun U.S. senators blaming shipping companies for playing a part in the country’s criminal violence problem.
The letter, signed by Democrat Sens. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Corey Booker of New Jersey, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Dianne Feinstein of California claim that they are “concerned that lax shipping security measures are contributing to the epidemic of gun violence in this country by allowing criminals to use stolen firearms to commit crimes.”
Click here to read more newly updated rules for shipping firearms via UPS.