Montana AG worries FedEx and UPS may be tracking gun ownership for the White House

Montany Attorney General Austin Knudsen has sent letters to logistics companies UPS and FedEx requesting information about their changed policies regarding firearms and whether they are cooperating with federal agencies.

Knudsen was forced to send letters first received by Free Beacon on Tuesday after receiving complaints from “several Montanas with Federal Firearms Licenses (FFLs)” who told the attorney general that new regulations and information gathering had effectively circumvented mandate laws.

UPS and FedEx received parallel letters on the matter.

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“According to these reports, FedEx now requires FFL holders to set up three separate shipping accounts: one for firearms, one for firearm parts, and one for all other firearms-related products,” Knudsen wrote. “In this three-tier system, arms dealers cannot mix and match shipments, indicating whether they are sending your company a gun, a gun part, or a gun-related item.”

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Knudsen argued that the new shipping policies, which created highly specialized shipping categories, made it impossible for gun dealers to mix firearms, firearm parts and other firearm equipment.

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Austin Knudsen, Attorney General of Montana. (Montana DOJ, Office of the Attorney General)

“In addition to creating three separate shipping groups, FedEx appears to be asking gun store owners to retain documentation about what specific items these shipments contain and provide that information to FedEx on request,” Knudsen continued. “Together, these requests allow FedEx to build a database of American gun buyers and identify exactly what products they are purchasing.”

Fox News Digital reached out to UPS and FedEx for comment on the Montana attorney general’s letters, but received no response.

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Knudsen gave the companies 30 days to respond to his investigation.

It requests information on updated guidelines and whether changes in shipping policy relate to cooperation with federal agencies.

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