Atlanta, Ga. — United Parcel Service delivers more than 15 million packages every day to customers in more than 220 countries and territories around the world, but it now appears that those packages will no longer include firearms suppressors.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, UPS recently made the decision to stop shipping suppressors, even between licensees. As of yet, UPS has not given a reason for its abrupt change in policy.
“NSSF is working with UPS executives to determine what prompted the enforcement of this unwarranted policy. We are unaware of any thefts or losses that would explain the shipping company’s sudden decision to enforce a prohibition against shipment,” the NSSF stated in a press release.
UPS has not yet made an official announcement regarding the policy change, but appears to have modified the section of its website that describes its firearms policy to reflect that firearm “mufflers” and silencers will no longer be shipped by the company
The following excerpt appears on UPS.com: “UPS accepts firearm parts for shipment, provided the part is not a ‘firearm’ as defined under federal law; the contents of the package cannot be assembled to form a firearm; and the package otherwise complies with federal, state, and local law. (Note: Receivers or frames of a firearm are considered firearms and are accepted for transportation only if shipped in accordance with UPS’s requirements for shipping firearms; firearm mufflers and silencers are not accepted for transportation.)
Judging by the commentary on its social media accounts, UPS also is receiving a fair amount of criticism for its decision.
“Banning shipping suppressors? We’ll be shipping Fed-Ex,” wrote one commenter on Facebook.
UPS does allow individuals to ship firearms to licensed dealers, collectors, manufacturers, and so on, where such a shipment is not forbidden by local laws. Dealers, manufacturers, importers, and the like also are able to ship firearms to one another using the service.
The company’s policy change came shortly before Vermont lawmakers passed a bipartisan bill to legalize suppressors in the state, which was followed by a similar bill passing both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature. Both bills are now headed to the desks of their respective governors and if signed would increase the number of states that allow possession of suppressors to 41. Of those states, 35 allow the use of suppressors in hunting.
“Using suppressors can make shooting firearms safer, more enjoyable, and help make shooting ranges more neighborly,” stated the NSSF, which added that suppressors can protect against hearing loss, especially in hunting situations where ear protection is impractical.