Agitators Call for End to FedEx Discount for NRA Members


From Bloomberg: A coalition of gay-rights and gun-control activists is taking on FedEx Corp. for discounts it offers to members of the National Rifle Association, targeting the global shipper during the peak of the holiday season.

The group is launching an online campaign and planned to protest on Wednesday at FedEx retail stores in Denver; Atlanta; Memphis, Tennessee; and Orlando, Florida, said Igor Volsky, director of Guns Down, a Washington-based group that advocates for fewer guns in the U.S. and is one of 10 participating organizations. A Dec. 7 letter to the company got no response, he said. FedEx doesn’t comment on specific customer agreements, Melissa Charbonneau, a spokeswoman, said in an e-mailed statement.

FedEx offers shipping discounts of as much as 26 percent to members of the NRA, the gun-rights group with 5 million members, as part of a program that also has special offers for Visa Inc. cards, according to Guns Down. Separate programs offer deals on Hertz rental cars and Wyndham hotels, according to the NRA website.

“FedEx is one of the biggest and most recognizable brands” with NRA discounts, Volsky said. “If they really value investing in under-served communities, which we think they do, then partnering with the NRA really undermines that mission.”

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LGBT groups have increased their anti-gun activism since a shooting in June that killed 49 people at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. Human Rights Campaign, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group, added gun safety to its action platform for the first time this year, although it’s not part of this campaign.

Guns Down is joined by Color of Change, which advocates for minorities, Newton Action Alliance and Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, Volsky said. Color of Change was credited for helping discourage companies from supporting this year’s Republican National Convention because of President-elect Donald Trump’s views on minorities.

Gays Against Guns, a separate group, also has targeted FedEx, Hertz Global Holdings Inc. and Wyndham Worldwide Corp. for giving discounts to NRA members. In August, it called out BlackRock Inc. for investments in gun companies in index-based funds. The New York-based company has said it supports LGBT rights and that the gun investments are automatic, as part of the index, and not managed by BlackRock.

FedEx, which is based in Memphis, and United Parcel Service Inc. have forecast they will handle record package volumes this holiday shopping season, fueled by an estimated 17 percent jump in online spending. FedEx handled 325 million packages in the 2015 peak shipping season, and has hired more than 50,000 temporary workers for this year’s period.


7 responses to “Agitators Call for End to FedEx Discount for NRA Members

  1. Shipping companies give discounts to volume shippers. So what?

    Many NRA members are hobbyists, gunsmiths, and experimenters. They share parts and do jobs for each other. You can’t ship a gun or even a “lower receiver to anyone but a BATF licensed “gun dealer”, so what is the gun-haters problem this time, except childish harassment?

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  2. WOW! Thanks for this b/c I didn’t know that NRA members got this discount! AND the Hertz thing….really could have USED this on a recent trip to “back East.” We belong b/c we want the NRA magazine to keep us abreast of legal/legislative goings-on…..I GUESS we should have investigated the other “perks!” THANKS SO MUCH.

    And, I might add to the cry-baby nay-sayers……BOO HOO! FedEX is a private business and could offer discounts to anyone they want—like people who show up in Santa Claus suits this time of year…… long as they are NOT discriminating against a CLASS of people. My advice is very old-fashioned and rooted in our history: JOIN OR DIE. 🙂 (And, probably millenials and some others will have to go to “google” to find out what significance this phrase actually MEANS in our history……b/c they won’t have a CLUE). Another big “Boo Hoo.”

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  3. The Gigantic Left Wing Freak Show is still alive and well!

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  4. These people are loud but they’re not many. It just seems like it because of the drive-by-media using their antics to boost their ratings with useful idiots. Stay the course. Conservative – Capitalistic – Constitutional.

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  5. Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the SLPC should be defunded by the Congress IMMEDIATELY, and I am hoping President Trump will jump to it.

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  6. These companies need to start pushing back and hard. It is their company and they are free to do with it what they wish. I would take five million solid citizens over a few thousand loud mouthed brats.
    What is next, attacking all companies that give senior discounts. Many do, this should really upset their carts?
    Many companies give discounts for their employees and volumn buyers. So what? Same for those that accumulate mileage for flights. Where does it end? No one is trying to prevent these groups from owning a gun, getting proper training and protecting themselves instead of demanding everyone else give up their guns. Have they paid attention to what is going on in the world out there? Everyone needs to be armed for protection.
    Maybe they would do better spending their time and energy fighting against all the unverified refugees BO is bringing in, in the very new future. He wants another 110,000. They are the very people that want these groups dead, not the honest gun owning citizens.


  7. Kevin J Lankford

    These lbgts are as flakey as the orlando shooting.


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