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UPS moves to stop carrying shipments of firearms suppressors

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This is from Guns.com.

I can understand UPS concerns about regulations, but this smells like a political decision.

Industry groups are working with United Parcel Service to reverse its recent decision to no longer ship registered Title II suppressors, even in cases where the items are going from dealer to dealer.

UPS, commonly also referred to as Brown, is the world’s largest package delivery service and has its headquarters in Georgia. However, among its more than 15 million packages delivered each day will no longer be suppressors, apparently over concerns of compliance issues.

Gun rights organizations, firearms industry trade groups and National Firearms Act advocacy groups are working hard get to the bottom of the problem and bring Brown back on board.

“Earlier this week, ASA was made aware of the decision by UPS to cease all shipments of firearm suppressors,” Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association told Guns.com Sunday. “We have been working alongside NRA and NSSF to get to the bottom of the issue.

With nearly 600,000 suppressors currently in circulation and the items growing in both acceptance and popularity, the sudden move, with no associated reports of thefts or losses to explain the rationale behind the shipper’s decision, comes as a surprise to the industry.

“NSSF, in coordination with NRA and the American Suppressor Association, are in discussions with UPS to address their compliance concerns,” Lawrence Keane, National Shooting Sports Foundation senior vice president and general counsel told Guns.com. “Vermont and Minnesota will likely soon join 39 other states that allow the possession of suppressors. In light of this, we hope to be able to have UPS reconsider its policy.”

Keane advised caution in allowing the industry to do its work, saying, “We strongly urge all Second Amendment advocates not to jump to conclusions about UPS.”

This is not the first time this year that the shipper has balked at accepting shipments of some firearms related items over apparent concerns of regulatory issues. In February, both UPS and FedEx refused to ship CNC mills preloaded with software to create AR-15 lowers from 80 percent complete blanks.

As for shopping around for other carriers to take up Brown’s slack, Williams advised that option is on the table.

“At this point, it is still our hope that we can convince UPS to reconsider their policy. However, if we cannot, we will do everything that we can to bring as much business to alternate carriers as possible,” Williams said.

Guns.com reached out to UPS for comment but did not receive a reply in time for posting.

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Southern California UPS driver arrested on gun trafficking charges

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This is from 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio.

The United Parcel Service better get on top of this matter real soon.

If I held a FFL I would be looking at FedEx.

A Southern California driver for United Parcel Service was arrested Friday, accused of stealing dozens of guns bound for a Turner’s Outdoorsman store in Rancho Cucamonga.

Curtis Hays, 36, allegedly funneled 72 weapons, including 12-gauge shotguns and .45-caliber pistols, to an associate for sale on the region’s bustling black market for illegal firearms.

“This is an unusual case,” said Carlo A. DiCesare, a special assistant U.S. Attorney in Riverside who is prosecuting the case. “It was a large number of firearms that were stolen, and they were stolen from a reputable shipping company.”

Authorities learned of the scheme after Turner’s Outdoorsman management alerted authorities to the missing shipments. The store typically receives UPS shipments from out-of-state gun manufacturers through the shipping company’s Ontario hub, according to authorities.

The 16-count indictment was filed July 23. It alleges Hays, of Rancho Cucamonga, stole a series of packages containing guns in 2012. The indictment also accuses him of stealing jewelry and mobile phones that were supposed to be delivered to other retailers.

Prosecutors have named Dennis Dell White, Jr., 35, of Moreno Valley, as Hays’ co-conspirator and middleman who is accused of selling the guns on the street or to other illegal gun dealers.

“Defendants Hays and White would meet in Rancho Cucamonga, California, at which defendant Hays would give the stolen firearms or other goods to defendant White,” according to the indictment. Authorities say Hays no longer works for UPS.

“Certainly there is a huge market out there,” DiCesare said of illegal gun sales in Southern California. “What the full extent of it is – I don’t know if anyone knows.”

Hays and White are charged with conspiracy, six counts of theft of firearms, six counts of receipt and possession of stolen firearms and two counts of theft, receipt, and possession of goods in interstate commerce.

The indictment mentions two anonymous individuals involved in the deals as P.C. and L.C. They remain uncharged, according DiCesare.

Senator urges UPS to refund customers whose Christmas packages were late

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This is from Fox News Politics.

Senator  Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. STFU!

Let the respective shipping companies solve this matter.

How long before Senator Asshat convenes a Senate committee

and drags the UPS and FedEx up to testify before this committee?

How long before Holder and his injustice department or the

IRS  or both start harassing  UPS and FedEx?

 

A U.S. senator is calling on UPS to refund customers whose Christmas packages got caught up in widespread delays.

“In a very real sense, Christmas is on the line,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a written statement Thursday. “I call on UPS to do the right thing and provide refunds to people whose Christmases were a little less cheery as a result of their late deliveries.”

The senator said he recognizes the “tremendous work” that UPS, as well as the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx, put in this time of year. However, he said he was “disappointed” to learn so many people in his state and across the country were “left empty-handed” on Christmas.

Both UPS and FedEx were playing catch up Thursday after poor weather and overloaded systems delayed packages that were intended to be delivered in time for Christmas.

Neither company said how many packages were delayed but noted it was a small share of overall holiday shipments. But the problems appear to have affected many parts of the country.

“We apologize that our customers did not receive their packages on Christmas,” said Natalie Godwin, a spokeswoman for United Parcel Service Inc.

UPS did not make pickups or deliveries Wednesday. Extra workers were brought in Wednesday night to the company’s hub in Louisville, Ky., to sort packages for Thursday and Friday delivery, according to Godwin.

Godwin said “UPS will honor its peak shipments commitments” to customers who used its air delivery service. Those shipping by ground have no guarantee past Dec. 11. Godwin said she didn’t know if customers would receive refunds.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, FedEx handled 275 million shipments, according to Scott Fiedler, a spokesman for FedEx Corp. Those that were not delivered in time, Fiedler said, “would be very few.”

“Our 300,000 team members delivered outstanding service during this holiday season, and we experienced no major service disruptions in the week before Christmas despite heavy volume,”  FedEx spokeswoman Parul Bajaj said in a statement Thursday. “Every single package is important to us, and we will continue to work directly with customers to address any isolated incidents.”

Amazon.com has been notifying some customers affected by the UPS delays that it will refund any shipping charges and is giving them a $20 credit toward a future purchase.

Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako said the company processed orders and got them to its shippers “on time for holiday delivery” and is now “reviewing the performance of the delivery carriers.”

 

 

 

UPS Drops 15,000 Spouses from Insurance Plan, Blames Obamacare

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This is from Town Hall.

How many more people will lose their benefits due to Obamacare?

How many full-time workers will become part-time employees?

How many doctors will stop practicing medicine due to Obamacare? 

How many people will die due to Obamacare?

 

UPS has become yet another poster-child for the ill-intended effects of Obamacare. On Wednesday, it was announced that UPS will no longer be offering their employees’ spouses insurance coverage. Starting in 2014, 15,000 spouses will find themselves without health care, thanks in large part to the rising medical costs created by the Affordable Care Act.

 

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

 

“The decision comes as many analysts are downplaying the Affordable Care Act’s effect on companies such as UPS, noting that the move reflects a long-term trend of shrinking corporate medical benefits, Kaiser Health News reports. But UPS repeatedly cites Obamacare to explain the decision, adding fuel to the debate over whether it erodes traditional employer coverage…

Rising medical costs, “combined with the costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, have made it increasingly difficult to continue providing the same level of health care benefits to our employees at an affordable cost,” UPS said in a memo to employees.”

This decision only affects the spouses of non-unionized workers; dropping spousal coverage is projected to save the company $60 million a year.

The Obama Administration has not commented on UPS’s decision to retract healthcare for its workers’ spouses, but spokeswoman for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Joanne Peters, cited Massachusetts health care reform, through which employer coverage actually increased. She also had this to say in ‘reply’:

“The health care law will make health insurance more affordable, strengthen small businesses and make it easier for employers to provide coverage to their workers.”

It’s hard to know what world the administration is living in, but apparently it’s a world without UPS.

 

Family Research Abandons UPS Over Stand Against Boy Scouts

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This is from Freedom Outpost.

It seems United Parcel Service cut off their nose to spite their face.

There are people opposed to the radical homosexual agenda.

The God of Abraham, Jacob and Issac says in his word.

Leviticus 18:22

New Living Translation (NLT)

22 “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.

 

Back in November, United Parcel Service (UPS) came out against the Boy Scouts’ discrimination against homosexuals. Apparently UPS has not recognized that people will respond, not only with their phone calls and emails to the push to normalize homosexuality, but they will inevitably make their voices heard with their pocketbooks. One such organization is the Family Research Council (FRC). After 11 years as its official carrier the FRC is suspending its contract with UPS for their open discrimination against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

As I wrote previously, both UPS and BSA have the right to discriminate under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, just like any individual, but there are consequences for discrimination.

BSA has maintained it’s principles for over 100 years and these principles are found in their official policy, which UPS cited in their own discrimination and pulling of funds from the Boy Scouts:

“While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.”

In addition, the Scouts’ policy goes on to say where discussion of “sexual orientation” is to be dealt with. The policy states: “Scouting believes same-sex attraction should be introduced and discussed outside of its program with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting. The vast majority of parents we serve value this right and do not sign their children up for Scouting for it to introduce or discuss, in any way, these topics.”

President of the Family Research Council Tony Perkins wrote a letter to UPS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer D. Scott Davis to urge him to reconsider the new policy adopted by The UPS Foundation that denies BSA from being eligible from any future donations.

He went on to write that no adequate explanation has been given by the organization for the reversal of its position. Perkins went on to ask, “Is UPS no longer interested in supporting youth development?” He quoted UPS spokesperson Kristen Petrella “[a] large number of UPS employees were involved with the Boy Scouts in their youth and some of them continue to serve as scout leaders today.” He then asked, “Does the reversal of your position mean that UPS no longer “believes in supporting organizations with which its employees are involved?”

Nothing has changed with the Boy Scouts, but things have most definitely changed with UPS.

Perkins also pointed out their hypocrisy in the matter. He wrote:

“The revised statement posted on your website states, ‘UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable law…’ It would have been more prudent for the statement to stop there. Neither the federal government nor your corporation’s home state of Georgia treat ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity’ as protected categories under employment or public accommodation laws.”

The letter continued and finally concluded with an ultimatum. “We would be happy to discuss this with you privately in the coming days. However, if there is no satisfactory resolution of this issue by December 4,2012, we reserve the right to go public with our concerns, and to urge the millions of Americans who share our commitment to traditional values of faith, family, and freedom to reconsider their purchasing decisions as well,” Perkins concluded. He then exhorted the Mr. Davis by stating that “it would be a testimony to your commitment to bite
diversity if you were to continue supporting the valuable youth development work of the Boy Scouts of America.”

UPS promptly replied by simply reiterating “its position that until the BSA puts a greater priority on the political agenda of LGBT activists than the protection of Scouts, they are not entitled to the same equality UPS claims to endorse.”

So FRC becomes one of many shippers that previously had used the services of UPS, but now will be taking their business elsewhere. FRC wrote, “If UPS wants to cater to the intolerant crowd, that’s their business. But from now on, it won’t be ours. FRC is taking its shipping needs elsewhere.”

Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/12/family-research-abandons-ups-over-stand-against-boy-scouts/#ixzz2F04FFozd

 

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