There were rumblings recently that UPS was going to stop shipping suppressors, even between licensed manufacturers and federal firearms licensees.
If it were true it would be a huge deal as the suppressor market is booming right now. Reportedly, there are over 600,000 suppressors in circulation right now. Let’s face it, everyone wants to “fight the noise” these days.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association, reached out to Brown to find out what was going on. Did UPS suddenly decide to ban the shipment of suppressors also known as silencers between FFLs?
Apparently not, according to this statement to Ammoland from Steve Gaut, VP of public relations for UPS:
UPS accepts for shipment certain firearms, firearms ammunition and firearms accessories as long as the shipments comply with applicable law and are shipped in accordance with company policies. These shipments are between licensed manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors and exclude consumer shipments. UPS has for many years restricted shipments of silencers or mufflers as part of the company’s firearms and ammunition policy.
The company’s general policy is at the following link:
UPS recently became aware of a shipper that tendered silencers for shipment.
Consistent with the general policy, UPS informed the company that it could no longer accept shipments of packages containing those specific products. UPS will engage in discussions with licensed entities about compliance with all applicable laws and regarding the potential establishment of a contractual exception to the general policy under which UPS may ship such products. These discussions will occur on a company-by-company basis and are proprietary.
Apparently, UPS is going to address the matter on a case by case basis for licensed companies and shippers. No telling how long this will take but it seems that UPS is not closing the door on the shipment of suppressors.
Either way, one can be sure that manufacturers, FFLs and the entire gun community would have no trouble taking our business elsewhere if UPS ends up giving everyone a raw deal.
We’ll await further word from the NSSF and the American Suppressor Association as they continue to discuss the matter with UPS.