What are the ABC's of shipping a pistol through USPS


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saenzrich
November 15, 2012, 01:50 PM
Say I am an average Joe who is looking to sell a firearm (handgun) to Joe in another state and do not want to go to a UPS hub and pay a arm and a leg. How would I go about shipping it USPS. Do I have to mention what I am shipping...how do I verify their FFL is legit. About how much should it cost for this.

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RhinoDefense
November 15, 2012, 01:56 PM
Unless you're an FFL shipping to another FFL, it's illegal for you to mail your pistol through the USPS. You have to use a common contract carrier like FedEx or UPS.

It might be cheaper to do an outbound transfer with an FFL and have them mail it out. Generally they will charge their standard transfer fee, plus actual shipping. I charge $20 per weapon and handguns can be mailed for around $15 on average, so if I customer came to me for this service they'd be looking at around $35 all said and done.

Geneseo1911
November 15, 2012, 01:56 PM
Only FFL's can ship handguns via USPS. The rest of us must use common carrier-UPS or FedEx. The rub is, they both require you do go overnight which is very expensive. A lot of folks go to a local FFL and have them mail it for you. Should be $25-$30 or so depending on what the FFL charges for the service.

9mmepiphany
November 15, 2012, 02:53 PM
A. If you aren't a FFL, you can't use the USPS to ship a handgun
B. You can pay a local FFL to ship it for you
C. There is no C when dealing with a handgun and the USPS

DPris
November 15, 2012, 03:20 PM
And don't even mention the "Machine Parts" dodge.
See above.
There are certain military & police exemptions, but if you're neither, then see above.
Denis

saenzrich
November 15, 2012, 03:48 PM
Thank you.

dogtown tom
November 15, 2012, 03:52 PM
saenzrich Say I am an average Joe who is looking to sell a firearm (handgun) to Joe in another state and do not want to go to a UPS hub and pay a arm and a leg. How would I go about shipping it USPS. Do I have to mention what I am shipping...how do I verify their FFL is legit. About how much should it cost for this.

Read this first:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=651375

mgkdrgn
November 15, 2012, 05:47 PM
Say I am an average Joe who is looking to sell a firearm (handgun) to Joe in another state and do not want to go to a UPS hub and pay a arm and a leg. How would I go about shipping it USPS. Do I have to mention what I am shipping...how do I verify their FFL is legit. About how much should it cost for this.
Unless YOU are an FFL, and the party on the other end is an FFL, the ABC's of shipping a handgun via USPS is very simple:

NO!

gym
November 15, 2012, 06:05 PM
You can't. No matter what you heard. Unless you are in the gun business, FFL only

saenzrich
November 16, 2012, 04:58 PM
Thanks again...so I take it, it is a No No...haha

12131
November 16, 2012, 05:42 PM
Anybody else feels like piling on the OP? Or, should we just let this die already?:p

franconialocal
November 18, 2012, 11:56 AM
I think he gets the point :)

9mmepiphany
November 18, 2012, 12:29 PM
I think we can close this one

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