Families of Uvalde School Shooting Survivors File Lawsuit Against UPS and FedEx for Shipping Weapon Used by Gunman

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Several families of victims of the 2022 Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, have filed a lawsuit against FedEx and UPS for those companies’ alleged contribution to the tragic massacre.

The lawsuit accuses the companies of acting as "illegal gun runners" to a juvenile because their services contributed to the school shooter’s access to the firearm he used.

The complaint was filed in late May in Bexar County District Court, on the same day that two other wrongful death lawsuits were filed on behalf of the victims. A number of other families have filed a lawsuit against roughly 100 police state officers who responded to the shooting but failed to act reasonably to stop the shooter and potentially minimize the carnage. The shooting was one of the deadliest in recent times, with 19 students and two educators killed. The slain students ranged in age from 9-11 years old.

The lawsuit against FedEx and UPS lists several claims that say the companies violated their own policies and other regulations that could have impacted the shooter’s ability to gain the firearm he used during the massacre.

One claim against FedEx argues that the gunman's age was not verified when he purchased the AR-15-style rifle that was shipped to a Uvalde gun store, Oasis Firearms.

UPS is also being accused of being involved in what was described as the illegal sale of a bump stock. The trigger system was sent to the shooter's house which was near the school. The lawsuit says that this was a violation of a federal law that makes it illegal for firearms to be within 1,000 feet of a school. The law — the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 — levies fines up to $5,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both if violated.

On its website, UPS details that UPS packages that contain firearm products are only accepted from licensed shippers. Further, the company avers that such packages are only shipped to authorized recipients who have an approved UPS agreement in place.

UPS has since shared a statement explaining, “Our hearts go out to the Uvalde victims and their families. Shipping firearms and components is highly regulated; UPS complies and requires its customers to comply with all applicable federal laws. The lawsuit has no merit and we will defend accordingly.”

FedEx issued its own statement that read in part, “Our thoughts continue to be with the Uvalde community and everyone affected by this horrific act of violence. FedEx is committed to the lawful, secure, and safe movement of regulated items through our network, and we comply with applicable laws and regulations.”

The lawsuit accuses both companies of conducting themselves in a manner that was “extreme, outrageous, atrocious, and intolerable in a civilized community,"

The complaint is seeking unspecified damages but details that families are experiencing physical and emotional grief along with increased medical and mental health struggles.

Nadia El-Yaouti
Nadia El-Yaouti
Nadia El-Yaouti is a postgraduate from James Madison University, where she studied English and Education. Residing in Central Virginia with her husband and two young daughters, she balances her workaholic tendencies with a passion for travel, exploring the world with her family.
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