Need help with the post office


October 20, 2006, 01:44 PM
I'm moving back home to cali and I'm trying to lighten the load by shipping some rifles home. I went to two post offices to day and was told by both that they don't do rifles at all. I had the guy read his regs and finally got him down to they only ship if your an ffl.

Where are the regs and the ATF section addressing that I can legally ship to myself. I don't want to do UPS or FedEx. I can't believe I'm having this issue in Texas.

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Jim Watson
October 20, 2006, 01:47 PM
I don't have the postal regulations at hand, but the Post Office has several restrictions in excess of Federal law, so you may be screwed. They consider an airgun equivalent to a firearm, for example.

Flame Red
October 20, 2006, 01:51 PM
I believe that USPS will accept long guns from non-FFL's, but I have to admit that I have not done it recently. But since you check with two, I guess maybe things have changed. You can call the post master and inquire I guess?

October 20, 2006, 01:58 PM
i have shipped many long guns via usps and it completely acceptable. there no regs prohibiting long arms, just handguns, which are prohibited.

October 20, 2006, 02:05 PM
As long as you're shipping them to yourself and not a third party.

Dave P
October 20, 2006, 02:07 PM
The regs are on the web. Search for them - it is pretty straight forward.

I ship them all the time for repair. Quick and cheap.

another person
October 20, 2006, 03:15 PM
Why not just ship other things instead?

October 20, 2006, 03:18 PM
Read the shipping regs from
I believe they have the regs and the regulation numbers to cross reference.
Hope this helps

October 20, 2006, 03:31 PM
This Post Office poster says you can ship rifles and references to postal regulation:

October 20, 2006, 07:32 PM
File a formal complaint to the postmaster of the state you are in Ask the post office you were denied service at for the forms and state what you are reporting. Take no prisoners!! All the folks and the postmaster of that PO will be in deep crap for delaying mail and refusing service and they will get to attended training on the subject.

Non-knowledgeable .GOV really need to learn their job as the have no problem cashing their paychecks and using the bennies YOU provide with YOUR money.

October 20, 2006, 08:26 PM
Handguns are legal when mailed by a FFL holder with a form on file with the local Post Office.I don't remember the form number.Long guns are acceptable as long as they're not marked in any way to indicate the contents.The ATF has rules against shipping any gun over state lines when there is a change in ownership involved,but the Post Office doesn't care about that,it's an ATF thing.You spoke to an under-informed employee,ask to speak with the Postmaster.It's legal.I've carried mail for over 23 years,and 2 years ago my Postmaster and I researched this very subject when I had a rifle to ship for conversion work.If the Postmaster refuses to take your shipment,email me off the board and I'll help you get around him...Good Luck...

October 20, 2006, 08:55 PM
Tell him to check Section C024 of the Domestic Mail Manual.

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