Alternative Shipper Found!
GUN OWNERS ALLIANCE
Chris W. Stark - Director
P.O. Box 1924
Crosby, Texas 77532-1924
Ph. (281) 787-4111 Fax (281) 328-7505
Great news! Alternative Shipper Found! Boycott lives on!
Our last alert proclaimed that the decision makers of UPS & RPS had maliciously conspired against the Bill of Rights by agreeing in perfect unison to stop regular ground shipments of handguns, and force handgun dealers to pay up to 5 times more for next day priority delivery.
Airborne Express completely stopped ALL shipments of all firearms, during this same period. Talk about timing.
UPS claimed to be doing this "to maximize the in-transit security of handgun shipments by minimizing their overall transit time." In other words, they haven't been able to keep their employees from stealing guns, even though no consideration of just making the package size requirement for handgun shipments larger (to prevent the package from being slipped under a UPS employees jacket). RPS & Airborne Express have not even issued an official statement to explain why they followed UPS just two days after UPS started this attack on the 2nd amendment.
If you have not read the previous alerts on this topic, just reply to this alert, and request that we send you the previous alerts. The boycott we originally proposed (before RPS & Airborne Express decided to commit the crime of Collusion and Unlawfully Restraining Trade with UPS), fell flat on its face when the above mentioned shippers turned against us. After all, who do we turn to when there seems to be no one else that will ship firearms at a reasonable rate?
But there is a silver lining in every cloud! And in the place where we figured it would never be! We have found an alternative shipper, and at very reasonable prices!
HOW ABOUT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE?
You say no way? That is what I said at first! I couldn't believe it! I called the United States Postal Service (USPS) today. Even had their postal regulations faxed to me regarding the shipping of firearms, and here is the scoop:
USPS regulation DMM Issue 54, January 10, 1999, section C-024 (page C-37)
found at 1.3, Authorized Persons: "Subject to 1.4, handguns may be mailed
by a licensed manufacturer of firearms, a licensed dealer of firearms, or an authorized agent of the federal government......."
Jumping to page C-38, to 1.5, Manufacturers and Dealers: "Handguns may also be mailed between licensed manufacturers of firearms and licensed dealers of firearms in customary trade shipments, or for repairing or replacing parts."
Same page (C-38) at 1.6, Certificate of Manufacturers and Dealers: "A
licensed manufacturer or dealer need not file the affidavit under 1.4, but must file with the postmaster a statement on Form 1508 signed by the mailer that he or she is a licensed manufacturer or dealer of firearms, that the parcels containing handguns (or major components thereof) are customary trade shipments or contain such articles for repairing or replacing parts, and that to the best of his or her knowledge or belief the addressees are licensed manufacturers or dealers of firearms."
Now, lets go to page C-39, at 3.0, Rifles and Shotguns: "....the mailer may be required by the USPS to establish, by opening the parcel or by written certification, that the gun is unloaded and not precluded by 1.1e." [note from Chris Stark: 1.1e is the 1968 GCA minimal length for a shotgun of 18", and 16" length for rifles. I asked USPS how often people ship guns with them. He said it was not at all uncommon, and it is not often they ever require a package to be opened for inspection!]
Even better, same page (C-39) at 6.0, PROHIBITED PARCEL MARKING: "For
any parcel containing a firearm or a ballistic or switchblade knife, any marking that indicates the contents is not permitted on the outside wrapper or container."
Now you ask, "But what about prices?" This is where it gets good! The rates that apply to any parcel, apply to firearms!! One example of MANY:
Priority mail for a HUGE HANDGUN (Desert Eagle?) weighing 5 lb. (?) is only going to cost you $6.50! Insurance? $400.00 worth of insurance costs about $4.65! Want to require an adult signature? Certify the package for about $2.00! Grand total: $13.15! And this is for a HUGE gun! Most weight much less! and, THE USPS WILL PROVIDE FREE OF CHARGE, most of the priority package containers you need, and ship them to your place of business or residence, free of charge!
Get the picture? THE BOYCOTT LIVES AND YOU NOW HAVE AN ALTERNATE WAY TO SHIP ALL OF YOUR PACKAGES, FIREARMS OR NOT!
For more information call the USPS 24 hour information line at:
For free USPS shipping supplies & containers, call:
AND REMEMBER TO CONTACT UPS, RPS & AIRBORNE EXPRESS, AND TELL THEM GOODBYE! SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATOR! NICE MEETING YOU! HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT LIFE! DON'T CALL US, WE'LL CALL YOU!
Here are some UPS e-mail addresses to tell them the good news:
National Media Relations - Norman Black
Voice - 404-828-7593
Pager - 888-856-8816
E-Mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
International Media Relations - John Flick
Voice - 404-828-6346
E-Mail - email@example.com
Reputation Management - Peggy Gardner
Voice - 404-828-6051
E-Mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing and Olympics - Susan Rosenberg
Voice - 404-828-6130
E-Mail - email@example.com
Executive Communications - Steve Soltis
Voice - 404-828-4029
E-Mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Affairs - Tad Segal
Voice - 202-675-3381
E-Mail - email@example.com
Information Technology - Joan Schnorbus
Voice - 201-828-4937
E-Mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
UPS Airline - Ken Shapero
Voice - 502-329-6522
E-Mail - email@example.com
Here is the RPS e-mail WEB FORM to tell them the good news:
(previous e-mail address we gave for RPS has been blocked!)
Here are some AIRBORNE EXPRESS e-mail addresses to tell them the
THE BOYCOTT LIVES ON!!!
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