FedEx is maintaining its relationship with the National Rifle Association, saying it will continue to offer NRA members corporate discounts. In recent days, over a dozen major companies have terminated similar discount programs they offered to NRA members as the debate about guns intensifies. FedEx says it disagrees with the NRA and believes that assault rifles should not be owned by civilians, but the Memphis, Tennessee company says that it won't deny service based on these beliefs.
, FILE - This Aug. 22, 2017 file photo shows FedEx trucks parked in New York. Companies with ties to the National Rifle Association have been dealing with increasing public pressure since the Parkland, Florida massacre that killed 17 people earlier this month. FedEx is the latest company prompted to make a statement, saying it “opposes assault rifles being in the hands of civilians” but strongly supports the right to own a firearm. The delivery service, which offers discounts to NRA members, said it is sticking with the organization. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
27 of February 2018 19:44:14
NEW YORK (AP) — Another company, FedEx, has become embroiled in an intensifying discussion about guns in the United States after the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.
While more than a dozen major U.S. companies have ended business partnerships with the National Rifle Association, FedEx says it's sticking with the group and has not asked to be removed from the NRA website where members are offered corporate discounts.
The Memphis, Tennessee, delivery company said it differs with the NRA and believes weapons like the AR-15 assault-style rifle that was used to kill 17 people in Florida shouldn't be owned by civilians.
But it says that it's a common carrier, and will not deny service based on political views or policy positions.
The decision drew instant reaction across social media from both sides of the issue and potential backlash from some customers.
One company vowed to take its 100,000 annual shipments elsewhere if FedEx does not end its partnership with the NRA.
"The NRA is supporting stuff that we don't get behind," said Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.
"UPS is out there," she said.
But dropping partnerships with the red-hot NRA is also not a safe bet.
Georgia's Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, president of the state Senate and a leading candidate to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal, threatened on Monday to derail a $50 million sales tax exemption on jet fuel for Delta after it ended its NRA partnership.
Delta Air Lines Inc. is based in Atlanta.
United Continental Holdings, Inc., based in Chicago, also cut ties to the NRA, but has not seen a similar political backlash.
Other companies that have severed relationships with the NRA include Metlife, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Best Western, and Wyndham.