NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — While more than a dozen U.S. companies have severed ties with the National Rifle Association, FedEx says it’s sticking with the group.
The Memphis, Tennessee delivery company has not asked to be removed from the NRA website, where members are offered corporate discounts.READ MORE: Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Opening Of NYC's Newest Pride Health Center In The Bronx
FedEx said it differs with the NRA and believes weapons like the AR-15 assault-style rifle that was used to kill 17 people inside a Florida high school should not be owned by civilians, but it said it’s a common carrier and will not deny service based on political views or policy positions.
The decision was met with reaction across social media and potential backlash from some customers.
One company vowed to take its 100,000 annual shipments elsewhere.READ MORE: Fake Fire Chief Scams Business In Rye With Bogus Inspection, Fee; 'It's Something That Everyone Should Be Looking Out For'
“The NRA is supporting stuff that we don’t get behind,” said Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. “UPS is out there.”
But dropping partnerships with the NRA isn’t a safe bet. Georgia’s Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle threatened Monday to derail a $50 million sales tax exemption on jet fuel for Delta after it ended its NRA partnership.
Other companies that have severed ties with the group include MetLife, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Best Western and Wyndham, among others.MORE NEWS: Ray Of Hope For Irate Retirees After New York City Changes Health Benefits For 250,000 Workers
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