shipping rifles in texas


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gladi8tr
April 18, 2008, 10:40 AM
Is it legal to ship a rifle person to person in the state of texas without going thru a ffl? Ive talked to a couple places some say no and some say yes. Thank you for the help

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NavyLCDR
April 18, 2008, 10:52 AM
Yes. Via US Postal Service. There are a bunches of threads on here regarding that.

Added: http://pe.usps.gov/text/pub52/pub52c4_003.html

The only requirement is that the receiving person is legal and eligible to receive the rifle, IE: 18 years or older, not a felon, not committed mentally, etc. and is a resident of the same state as the shipper - in this case Texas.

cdrt
April 18, 2008, 10:59 AM
This quote is from the GunBroker.com website...they should know.

A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. A nonlicensee may not transfer any firearm to a nonlicensed resident of another state. The Postal Service recommends that longguns be sent by registered mail and that no marking of any kind which would indicate the nature of the contents be placed on the outside of any parcel containing firearms.

gladi8tr
April 18, 2008, 12:33 PM
cdrt that says state to state im sending this bad boy in the state city to city thanks i think im good to send it im gonna break it up in two diffrent boxes

Car Knocker
April 18, 2008, 12:58 PM
cdrt that says state to state
No it doesn't:
A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own state

im gonna break it up in two diffrent boxes
Twice as much chance of getting lost or damaged.

nalioth
April 18, 2008, 02:06 PM
I ship long guns all the time within Texas. Perfectly legal.

Here's a really good thread on the process:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=323555

gladi8tr
April 19, 2008, 12:34 AM
i ended up shipping it thru fed ex in one piece overnight and insured for 1000 dollars thanks for your help

Nate C.
April 19, 2008, 12:37 PM
I think registered mail ends up being cheaper than FedEx for the lower weight packages. I think the registered mail has some automatic insurance that you pay extra for at FedEx. Postal rates have been changing quite a bit to be more competitive with FedEx and UPS.

NavyLCDR
April 19, 2008, 06:50 PM
That's very interesting. Did they say it had to be sent overnight? And did this go to an unlicensed individual? Both of those are against Fedex Ground Tariff (company policy). IE: rifles can be sent by ground service but Fedex says they will only ship to license (FFL) holders. The only difference in the overnight tariff is that they will ship handguns, but again only to license holders

Firearms
A. FedEx Ground will transport and deliver firearms (excluding handguns) as defined by the United States Gun Control Act of 1968, between areas served in the U.S., but only between:
1. Licensed importers; licensed manufacturers; licensed dealers; licensed collectors; law enforcement agencies of the U.S. or any department or agency thereof; and law enforcement agencies of any state or any department, agency or political subdivisions thereof; or
2. Where not prohibited by local, state and federal law, from individuals to licensed
importers, licensed manufacturers or licensed dealers (and return of same).

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