UPS Stops Shipping Suppressors, Silent on Reason

As if owning a suppressor wasn’t complicated enough, now, if you want to receive one or ship one, you’ll have to stay away from Brown.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) was notified this week that United Parcel Service has changed its policies and will no longer ship registered Title II firearms suppressors, even between federal licensees—that means dealer-to-dealer, too.

According to the NSSF, the new policy is in effect at UPS facilities nationwide.

It’s currently unclear why the policy change came about, and NSSF representatives are trying to find out.

From an NSSF newsletter: “NSSF is working with UPS executives to determine what prompted the enforcement of this unwarranted policy. We are unaware of any thefts or losses that would explain the shipping company’s sudden decision to enforce a prohibition against shipment. NSSF will keep you apprised of developments. Separately, NSSF is also working with the U.S. State Department to achieve a change of policy to allow export of suppressors.”

In a story on, Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association, said, “Earlier this week, ASA was made aware of the decision by UPS to cease all shipments of firearm suppressors. We have been working alongside NRA and NSSF to get to the bottom of the issue.”

Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel, repeated that discussions with UPS are happening to “address their compliance concerns. Vermont and Minnesota will likely soon join 39 other states that allow the possession of suppressors. In light of this, we hope to be able to have UPS reconsider its policy.”

Keane advised the gun community and industry to be cautious and to “not jump to conclusions about UPS,” which, along with FedEx ,refused to ship CNC mills preloaded with software to create MSR lowers from 80 percent complete blanks in February.

In the meantime, choose another carrier for your suppressor shipping needs until this all gets sorted out, and check out this NSSF fact sheet on the benefits and advantages of shooting with a suppressor.