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LGBT Groups Protest FedEx Over NRA Discount

by Jillian Kay Melchior | HeatSt.com  |  Published on December 21, 2016

Several LGBT-focused organizations that support gun control will demonstrate outside of FedEx stores Wednesday to protest the discount shipping company offers to members of the National Rifle Association.

A deal worked out with FedEx means NRA’s 5 million members can enjoy discounts up to 26 percent.

“This isn’t like a senior discount,” said Igor Volsky, director of Guns Down, a group pushing to decrease the number of guns in the U.S. “This is a discount that empowers and subsidizes an organization that is actively working to make life more dangerous by gutting background checks and allowing guns in schools.”

A total of 10 organizations will hold protests Wednesday in Denver, Atlanta, Memphis and Orlando. Among them is Color of Change, the organization that spearheaded the largely successful effort to pressure corporations to boycott the Republican National Convention last summer.

A spokeswoman for FedEx said it was company policy not to comment on specific customer agreements. The NRA did not return Heat Street’s request for comment.

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