Tuesday, February 27, 2018
NRA boycott: FedEx to keep its discount; 10 companies drop gun group
Updated on Feb 27, 2018 at 11:19 AM CST
FedEx is sticking with the National Rifle Association, even as other companies drop the organization in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida.
The shipping company said it will continue to offer discounts to NRA members and "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."
The Memphis, Tennessee-based company said, however, it's positions on gun policy and safety are different from those of the 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," the company said in a statement.
FedEx's refusal to end its NRA discount led to the creation of the #BoycottFedEx hashtag on Twitter. Among those sharing the message was David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the Feb. 14 attack that resulted in the deaths of 14 students and three teachers.
Other companies are severing their ties with the NRA, mostly through eliminating discounts offered to members. Those include:
Delta Air Lines
Avis and Budget
First National Bank of Omaha