ThinkProgress is reporting tonight they have obtained a confidential internal FedEx document from a FedEx employee that describes secret arrangements to seduce gun manufacturers with favorable terms to encourage them to spend their gun money shipping guns via FedEx.
In a stark contrast with FedEx’s recent attempts to distance themselves from the gun lobby, the internal company document obtained by ThinkProgress outlines in great detail precisely how FedEx has secretly agreed to bend its own rules on gun shipments for powerful forces in the gun industry, including all major gun manufacturers and the NRA itself.
The article explains how the postal service won’t handle commercial gun shipments. So all that business is left to UPS or FedEx. UPS policy requires all gun shipments to go overnight — which is of course more expensive. FedEx publicly claims to also require overnight shipping.
But FedEx does not apply its public rules to everyone. According to the document, the company has struck a deal with dozens of major gun manufacturers and dealers in an effort to woo the industry away from competitors with lower cost shipping. The agreement, which has not been previously reported, shows how important the handgun shipment business is to FedEx.
The claim FedEx recently made that their common carrier status prevented them from dropping the NRA discount program was already a transparent lie.
Now it would appear that there was a more venal motive — to expand their business with the blood money that comes from providing secret, favorable terms for the nation’s gun manufacturers.