FedEx keeps NRA in discount program

FedEx said Monday it will keep the National Rifle Association in its discount program, despite what the company described as policy differences it has with the gun-rights group.

Memphis-based FedEx noted that the NRA is among the hundreds of organizations whose members receive discounted shipping rates through FedEx’s program. The parcel carrier said in a statement that it does not deny service to any groups “regardless of their policy positions or political views.”

“FedEx 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 company added.

FedEx also said local, state and federal governments need to take action to protect schools and students. The company stated that it opposes the sale of “assault rifles” to 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,” FedEx said.

Companies have faced pressure on social media to sever business relationships with the NRA, which offers various discounts to its estimated 5 million members. More than a dozen companies, including United, Delta, Hertz, Enterprise and Best Western, have ended their partnerships. The NRA has called the effort a “shameful display of political and civic cowardice.”