The Saia trucking company will no longer transport firearms or firearms
- Trucking heavyweight Saia will no longer carry firearms, Freight Waves reported Monday.
- Firearms were already part of companies like Saia’s, the outlet added.
- The move comes in the wake of shootings in New York, Texas and elsewhere.
Trucking heavyweight Saia will no longer carry firearms, Freight Waves reported Monday.
Last week, the Georgia-based logistics and transportation company publicly updated its rules so it won’t move firearms already assembled or about to be assembled, the outlet reported.
Saia’s latest “Rules Tariff” (which outlines pricing and other policies) is dated Monday and has on its list of prohibited or restricted items, “Firearms shall include handguns, rifles , assembled and unassembled”.
Saia is an “LTL carrier”, which means that it transports goods for customers or shipments that do not take up an entire truck.
Freight Waves noted that these “LTL carriers” were already not particularly keen on shipping firearms before gun violence recently returned to the national forefront, due to their potential for theft and problematic picture in general.
“I would feel safe to say that most LTL companies today would be reluctant to use the commodity because of the risk,” Rex Oliver, operations manager at Atlantic Logistics, told Freight Waves in an email. .
The company will continue to move individual parts of firearms and ammunition, Freight Waves added.
Gun violence has become more visible to many in the United States lately after a racist attack at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York and in Uvalde, Texas and others that followed.
There have been 246 mass shootings so far in 2022, through Sunday, Insider reported.
Few companies have responded publicly, ABC News reported Tuesday, except for the CEOs of Amazon and Goldman Sachs. ABC News contacted 20 Fortune 500 companies and received no response from the majority, and two (Microsoft and Walgreens Boots Alliance) declined to comment.
CEOs “see that the risk of taking a position outweighs the return,” Norte Dame professor James O’Rourke told ABC News.
Axon Enterprise, which makes law enforcement tools like tasers, is an exception. Axon CEO says company should try using drones with stun guns to counter mass shootings, but it has caused internal conflict; the members of its ethics committee have resigned. The ACLU also condemned the idea, and the company said it dropped the idea this week.
The administrator of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, which has invested money in Meta and Twitter, said he would vote against confirming the two companies’ boards of directors to protest what he cited as being the content of the Buffalo shooting and the shooter’s racist manifesto circulating on the platforms. . (The move was ineffective.)
“This time we actually have to do something,” President Biden said last week.
Saia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.