Message from the Claims Desk

Good Morning Stewart Family,

Happy Father’s Day for all of those dads that have had the opportunity to enjoy/endure parenthood. This first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910. This day was created by a woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at church in 1909. She felt as though mothers were getting all the acclaim while fathers were equally deserving of a day of praise. Although this day was celebrated in several communities across the US, it wasn’t until 1966 when Lyndon B. Johnson officially designated the third Sunday in June as the official day to celebrate Father’s Day. So while you head into Outdoor world to look at all of the guns, reflect on the procedures to move one.

This week I would like to talk about the proper procedures when transporting firearms. When shipping firearms, we must be in receipt of a firearm chain of custody form. This form, as well as the inventory, must notate the make, model, caliber or gauge, and serial number. Prior to packing the weapon, ensure that the customer has made the firearm inoperable by removing the bolt, firing pin, trigger assembly, and other arming parts. Also, ensure that any and all ammunition has been removed from the firearm. Once completed, continue to pack the weapon into a carton and write sporting goods on the box (the markings on the carton cannot indicate that is a weapon). Place security seals on the carton and proceed to load into the shipment. For international shipments, any weapon must be placed into container number one to insure easy access by customs officials.

During a delivery of a shipment containing a firearm, you MUST unpack the weapon and verify its contents my make, model, caliber or gauge, and serial number. If the firearm is not present at delivery, contact your dispatcher immediately!!! They will proceed to contact the carrier and local law enforcement agency. The local police will come out and take a statement from each member of the crew. This helps eliminate each of our employees from being implicated in a crime. Just for your information, the theft of a firearm is a felony that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison!!!

So stay safe out there, follow the proper firearm procedures, and protect yourself from being implicated in a crime.


Robert Wright