Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) led a letter to major shipping companies regarding their policies discriminating against legal firearms and ammunition. Over the past year, several large freight and shipping companies have implemented policies that discriminate against the firearm and ammunition industries, ranging from prohibiting shipments containing certain firearm parts to total bans on firearms and ammunition.
The letter reiterates that responsibility for enacting policies that affect gun manufacturing and purchases belongs to Congress, not freight companies. The Senators ask the companies to explain why they implemented discriminatory policies and to disclose if they coordinated with any gun-control activists to craft the policies.
Crapo is joined by U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Rick Scott (R-Florida), Steve Daines (R-Montana), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Eric Schmitt (R-Missouri), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Ted Budd (R-North Carolina), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) in the letter to Dalsey, Hillblom and Lynn (DHL), XPO Logistics and Saia.
“[DHL/XPO Logistics/Saia’s] policy is an affront to the Second Amendment and discriminates against the millions of law-abiding citizens, including many of our constituents, who utilize and value their constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” the Senators wrote. “Your policy also discriminates against businesses engaged in the lawful commerce in firearms, ammunition and related products, including federal firearm licensees, who utilize your services to ship their products.”
“When . . . freight carriers engage in policy making from the boardroom and implement discriminatory practices, they are interfering in the lawful commerce of firearms, limiting distribution and market access, resulting in fewer options and higher costs for businesses and consumers,” the Senators continued. “But even more importantly, they are infringing on the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms enshrined in the Second Amendment.”
Senator Crapo, as former Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, has similarly warned financial services institutions against cutting ties to politically disfavored industries, calling such restrictions, “a disturbing trend.” Additionally, he has condemned credit card companies’ decision to categorize gun sales into separate, unique categories. He remains opposed to such targeting of lawful American industries.