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ACP-ASIM Pressroom

ACP-ASIM Applauds Firearm Safety Measures

October 19, 1999

UPS restricts shipment of handguns

(Washington, DC): The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine commends the United Parcel Service's efforts to increase safe transport of handguns and prevention of firearm injuries. The College is pleased with the company's responsible position to restrict shipment of handguns to its UPS Next Day Air system, thereby reducing the likelihood of theft along the lengthier ground route system.

"By not allowing transport of weapons that could take as much as a week, there is less of a chance of these weapons ending up in the wrong hands," said ACP-ASIM President Whitney Addington, MD, FACP. "Internists are concerned about the preventable injuries, unnecessary loss of life, and consumption of health care resources caused by firearms and consider gun violence to be a high priority public health issue."

UPS also does not allow ammunition to be shipped in the same container as a firearm and requires adult signatures for firearm shipments. ACP-ASIM's position on firearm injury prevention requires that handguns not be sold to minors, persons with criminal records, or persons who are known threats to themselves or others. ACP-ASIM also recommends not allowing the sale of firearms to juveniles and incorporating safety features, such as trigger locks, to make them as child-proof as possible.

"Reducing the exposure of children and young adults to firearms is clearly a preventive action that can help save lives," said Dr. Addington. "UPS's extra step to keep handgun shipments from going to anyone but those legally allowed to receive them shows their efforts as a responsible corporate citizen."

ACP-ASIM is the nation's largest medical specialty organization and the second largest physician group. Membership comprises more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students. Internists are the major providers of medical care to adults in America.


Jack E. Pope, 202-261-4556

Page updated: 11-04-03

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