old revolvers - C&R shipping costs


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W.E.G.
March 14, 2010, 05:19 PM
I see several old revolvers for sale, and that qualify as C&R.
Shipping fees from the sellers seem very reasonable (typically $20 - $25) in the various ads.

So here is my question:
What if the shoe is on the other foot?
That is, if I got a C&R license, and at some point I wanted to sell a C&R handgun, how is the shipping handled?

From everything I've read, only FFL DEALERS (not C&R collectors) can use the US Postal service for handguns. That pretty much means using UPS or FED EX, even if you have a C&R license. UPS requires OVERNIGHT shipping for handguns.

The price to ship a handgun overnight across the country is nearly $70!

Am I missing something?

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Vonderek
March 14, 2010, 05:21 PM
The sellers you are seeing are FFLs and ship USPS. A C&R licensee still has to ship overnight via the other carriers like everyone else. Be careful in any event. The govt. issues a C&R license to citizens for the sole purpose of building a personal collection, not to sell. You can legally sell pieces from your collection from time to time but doing so often could open you to charges that you are engaging in an illegal business of buying and selling guns.

Quoheleth
March 14, 2010, 05:26 PM
Or the seller is using an FFL who charges minimally for his paperwork processing and then uses the Post Office Priority Shipping as his delivery vehicle.

Q

W.E.G.
March 14, 2010, 05:37 PM
Very helpful info.

Thanks for the replies.

nalioth
March 14, 2010, 05:45 PM
The sellers you are seeing are FFLs and ship USPS. A C&R licensee still has to ship overnight via the other carriers like everyone else. Be careful in any event. The govt. issues a C&R license to citizens for the sole purpose of building a personal collection, not to sell. You can legally sell pieces from your collection from time to time but doing so often could open you to charges that you are engaging in an illegal business of buying and selling guns.Conversely, you'll see C&R guys buy multiples all the time, and keep the "cherries" from their purchase and sell the others off.

Nobody has been sent to the Gulag for this that I know of.

Jim K
March 14, 2010, 08:55 PM
Well, if the C&R licensee regularly sells guns to non-licensees, he could be in trouble if BATFE checks his book and wants to push it, or if one of his rejects turns up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Jim

nalioth
March 14, 2010, 09:14 PM
Well, if the C&R licensee citizen regularly sells guns to non-licensees, he could be in trouble if BATFE checks his book and wants to push it, or if one of his rejects turns up in the wrong place at the wrong time

. . .see anything different?

I doubt that it happens, or C&R guys wouldn't do it. In fact, I suspect that "every day citizens" are hassled more over this than C&R holders.

blakeci
March 15, 2010, 10:16 AM
They don't say that you can't sell your C&R guns, you just can't make a living off it. It can't be enough to live off of, in other words be "in the business"

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