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FedEx has ended its partnership with the National Rifle Association (NRA), a gun rights advocacy group and a powerful lobbying force in the US, whose members previously got discounts of up to 26% on FedEx services.

However, FedEx denied that the decision to end the partnership had anything to do with recent shootings, such as the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 people dead. Rather, the company said that it had dropped around 100 companies and organisations from its discount programme after a review of their shipping volume.

In February, after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, FedEx faced calls to sever ties with the NRA over the association’s role in opposing gun control reform and promoting easy access to semi-automatic weapons.

However, FedEx did not follow the example of Delta or United Airlines and bow to pressure, instead trying to deflect attention onto UPS for having more significant NRA ties.

NRA members who previously had access to a FedEx discount will still be able to use it.

Source: The New York Times

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