An ammunition dealer is warning that thousands of rounds have gone missing when shipped through UPS.
Patrick Collins, CEO of ammunition retailer The Gun Food, recently noted that 12,000 rounds of ammunition has gone missing after being sent out to customers via shipping giant United Parcel Service.
“I have pictures of how the packages are packed (and) within the packages,” Collins said on the Glenn Beck program. “And I have all of that information. In fact, we changed our protocol here at The Gun Food to have our drivers, when they drop off the packages at the centers, they have to actually take a picture of it on the conveyor belt when UPS takes possession of our packages.”
The Beck program said it contacted UPS about the CEO’s claims, and the shipper claimed that improperly packaged shipments were probably to blame.
“Regarding your question about shipping ammunition, as a common carrier, UPS transports ammunition that constitutes cartridges and small arms as defined in federal regulations. UPS has safety protocols to help ensure the safe transport of ammunition in our network,” UPS told Beck’s people. “We work with our customers to address their concerns including those with packaging. You can find out more about how to ship your ammunition on UPS.com.”
But Collins said that they have worked closely with UPS to ensure that their packaging meets the shipper’s requirements.
Collins added that he knows other ammo shippers that have also lost packages. One, he said, lost up to $300,000 in ammo.
“To [UPS], it’s just a write-off. However, it’s becoming a very expensive write-off. I would like to thank you for bringing a lot of attention to this because it really is a big deal,” Collins exclaimed. “It impacts people on multiple levels, more than your average citizen would think. Imagine if the police department doesn’t receive the ammunition that they need to serve their civil duties.”
Collins added that he thinks thieves are targeting these shipments because the boxes have to be brightly marked per regulations, so they are easy to identify.Commentary