UPS Refuses to Ship Firearms Suppressors Used for Hearing Protection


National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) this week learned that United Parcel Service (UPS) had changed its policy regarding the shipment of firearms suppressors.

New policy states that UPS will no longer ship suppressors, even between licensees.

[Silencers or suppressors are used for increased hearing protection and reduction of gun fire noise by caring gun owners.]

National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Shooting Sports Foundation

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 policy to allow export of suppressors.

About NSSF: The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

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