UPS fast-tracks new Biden admin rule on gun parts

Apparently in response to a threatening letter from five anti-gun U.S. senators, United Parcel Service (UPS) has decided to fast-track President Joe Biden’s (D) new and arguably unconstitutional rule on shipping parts of guns and so-called “ghost guns”.

Although the Biden rule doesn’t go into effect until August 24, UPS has already changed its shipping policy to reflect it and is even threatening some companies that sell gun parts that their packages are already in the shipping system. could be “seized and destroyed”. Additionally, UPS has canceled or suspended the accounts of several companies in the firearms industry.

The US Senate letterwhich was sent to UPS, Federal Express, the US Postal Service, and road and rail carriers, berates the delivery services for alleged “lax shipping security measures” without providing any proof of this charge.

“Over the past two years, gun sales have skyrocketed, in part because the Trump administration has declared FFLs to be essential businesses and therefore exempt from many pandemic restrictions,” the letter said. “This decision has allowed dealers to sell more guns than ever before. To meet this demand, gun manufacturers and dealers have been shipping firearms across state lines in large numbers, providing new opportunities for criminals to exploit weak regulations and security measures. lax in the shipping process.

Since Internet gun sales require federal background checks, the gun sales the senators appear to be talking about must have been legal sales to legitimate gun buyers. What they’re really doing is trying to push Biden’s new rule on so-called “phantom weapons” more than a month before it takes effect. And this scheme seems to work, at least with UPS.

Mark Oliva, executive director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), said his organization looked into the situation after several members “received letters saying their [UPS] the accounts were suspended until a decision was made.

“The fact that these senators were using their office to interfere with legal commerce before the Department of Justice/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) final rule requirements did take effect shows that gun control factions within our government are more interested in interfering with the lawful exercise of Second Amendment rights than they are in providing real solutions for community safety,” said said Oliva in an exclusive interview with America’s 1st Freedom. “The rules are already constitutionally suspect, given the Supreme Court’s decision West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency decision that invalidated the ability of an executive branch agency to write its own laws without the express consent of Congress.

Matthew O’Connor, UPS Media Relations Manager, said America’s 1st Freedom that the decision has been taken to comply with “national regulations”.

“UPS policy now specifies that the company will not accept any firearms, frames or receivers, or frames or receivers that are partially complete, disassembled, or non-functional, as defined by the new federal regulations, unless those items have been identified and given a serial number in accordance with federal requirements,” O’Connor said. “With a limited number of customers, UPS has taken steps to address specific compliance risks.”

When pressed in a follow-up email on the issue of UPS policy taking effect long before the Biden rule did – essentially resulting in UPS directly infringing the rights of the Second Amendment before the deadline set by the Biden administration to do so — O’Connor provided no response.

Among the distributors whose UPS accounts were suspended was Ghost Firearms, a Florida firearms, accessories and parts dealer. Ghost Firearms owner Joe Zatar recently shipped $30,000 worth of product, according to a report. And based on the letter sent by UPS to Zatar, it is likely that these packages will never reach their legitimate buyers.

The letter read: “Please note that any packages found in the UPS system determined to have been tendered by GHOST FIREARMS may be seized and destroyed.”

The letter further stated, “We are writing to inform you that UPS has learned that your company may be in violation of applicable laws regarding the shipment of ‘ghost guns’ to unauthorized locations. In light of our concerns, UPS has decided to cancel your account, effective immediately. »

The five senators who sent the letter, which ostensibly motivated the UPS decision, represent a veritable who’s-who in the gun ban movement and are very household names for legitimate gun owners. fire in the United States. The US senators signing the letter were Edward Markey from Massachusetts, Cory Booker from New Jersey, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut and Dianne Feinstein from California.

It’s an ongoing story. We will provide an update as new developments occur.

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