FedEx Just Ended Its NRA Discount

After Parkland, the shipping giant had refused to cut ties with the gun group.

A member of gun control group Gays Against Guns demands FedEx, Hertz, and Wyndham end discounts for NRA members at a protest in 2016.Erik Mcgregor/Pacific Press via ZUMA Wire

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.

Days after a mass shooting at at Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 people dead, FedEx announced it would no longer offer discounts to National Rifle Association members, according to Reuters. It’s the latest organization to sever ties with the gun rights group in the wake of mass shootings that have sparked nationwide demands for stricter gun laws—legislation the NRA adamantly opposes.

More than a dozen companies dropped the discounts and special offers they awarded NRA members in the wake of the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Those businesses included First National Bank, Delta, and United Airlines. The decisions came in response to a pressure from gun violence prevention advocates, who waged a campaign on social media with the hashtag #BoycottNRA.

But FedEx, which provided up to a 26-percent discount rate to NRA Business Alliance members through its FedEx Advantage program, stuck with the controversial gun rights group after Parkland. At the time, the company released a statement affirming that it would continue to provide benefits to the group’s members because it had never changed rates “in response to their politics, beliefs or positions on issues,” even though the FedEx’s positions on “issues of gun policy and safety differ from those of the National Rifle Association.” At the end of February, ThinkProgress reported that FedEx’s refusal to sever its relationship with the NRA occurred in the larger context of the company’s efforts to court the business of gun manufacturers.

Now, the shipping giant has reversed course. Though the decision comes just three days after the Pittsburgh massacre, Reuters reported that it had nothing to do with any particular shooting. According to the news outlet, the NRA is among the several organizations FedEx plans to move to a new pricing program because the gun rights group apparently did not generate enough business to make a bespoke discount deal worthwhile.

FedEx has had its own first-hand experience with gun violence. In 2014, a FedEx package handler shot six colleagues at the company’s suburban Atlanta facility before killing himself.

Fact:

In-depth journalism that investigates the powerful takes real money and is so damn important right now.But it doesn’t take a Mother Jones investigation to know that billionaires and corporations will never fund the type of reporting (like they do politicians) we do that exists to help bring about change. Instead, our mission-driven journalism is made possible by people power, and has been for 46 years now since our founding as a non-profit.

In “TITLE TK” Monica Bauerlein writes about the perilous moment we’re in, and why it’s so important that we raise $325,000 by the time November’s midterms are decided so we can be ready to throw everything we have at the big issues facing the nation no matter what happens. Please help MoJo’s people-powered journalism with a donation today.

$400,000 to go!

payment methods

Fact:

In-depth journalism that investigates the powerful takes real money and is so damn important right now.But it doesn’t take a Mother Jones investigation to know that billionaires and corporations will never fund the type of reporting (like they do politicians) we do that exists to help bring about change. Instead, our mission-driven journalism is made possible by people power, and has been for 46 years now since our founding as a non-profit.

In “TITLE TK” Monica Bauerlein writes about the perilous moment we’re in, and why it’s so important that we raise $325,000 by the time November’s midterms are decided so we can be ready to throw everything we have at the big issues facing the nation no matter what happens. Please help MoJo’s people-powered journalism with a donation today.

$400,000 to go!

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate