Can I ship a rifle myself to an FFL?


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Orion8472
January 24, 2013, 11:55 AM
Can I ship a rifle to an FFL, and if so, which carrier can I use? UPS states that they do not ship unless FFL to FFL.

Suggestions?

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akv3g4n
January 24, 2013, 11:58 AM
I've shipped long guns through UPS before going to an FFL. I've always had it prepackaged and shipped it from the depot without issue. The only catch is that it needs to be shipped second day air IIRC.

morcey2
January 24, 2013, 11:58 AM
You can ship a rifle to an FFL no problem via USPS, UPS, or FedEx. If it's a handgun, it has to either go UPS or FedEx unless you have an FFL. If you do UPS or FedEx, make sure you take it to one of their main centers, not a UPS Store or FedEx Office.

Matt

Orion8472
January 24, 2013, 12:05 PM
Okay. Thanks. Which is the cheapest to utilize [in general]?

sansone
January 24, 2013, 12:05 PM
anybody can ship to an FFL, if you are nervous just include a copy of the FFL inside with the gun

zoom6zoom
January 24, 2013, 12:10 PM
Be sure to contact the receiving FFL before shipping anything. Some will only accept from other FFL's, despite it being perfectly legal to accept from an individual.

Orion8472
January 24, 2013, 12:13 PM
Excellent advice zoom. Good to know!

morcey2
January 24, 2013, 12:16 PM
Okay. Thanks. Which is the cheapest to utilize [in general]?
I've used both UPS ground and USPS Priority Mail. They were about the same for what I was shipping. (action and separate barrel) I use USPS most of the time now and use nice heavy-duty boxes that don't advertise "I'm a gun. Steal me!" Weed-eater boxes and the like work great.

Matt

Railgun
January 24, 2013, 02:40 PM
It is not necessary to have a license, or work through a dealer to ship firearms to an FFL.

You can find the ATF answer to your question here: http://bit.ly/Atf4ShIP

You can find UPS Firearm Shipping Terms here: http://bit.ly/Ups3GuNS

If you're interested in how to pack firearms for shipment, I've put together step-by-step instructions here: http://bit.ly/Trig7ShIP

If you go with UPS, ALWAYS take your box to the nearest customer center. UPS Stores cannot accept firearm shipments.

MachIVshooter
January 24, 2013, 02:43 PM
Okay. Thanks. Which is the cheapest to utilize [in general]?

It's a toss up. For handguns, though, definitely cheaper to have an FFL send it USPS for you. Overnight is usually +/- $100 with UPS or Fed Ex; FFL can send it USPS flat rate box.

Orion8472
January 24, 2013, 03:14 PM
So, from what I understand, I specify to the UPS center guy that it is a rifle, but have nothing of what it is on the box. What is the cheapest way UPS will allow a rifle to be sent? I want to be knowledgeable before going there.

DMK
January 24, 2013, 03:20 PM
A rifle can be shipped UPS ground. A handgun needs to be Next Day Air. Railgun posted a link to the UPS regs just above.

To ship any gun, you must go to a official UPS service counter, not a UPS Store pack and ship place.

In the past when I've had difficulty, I called the UPS customer service number (1-800-PICK-UPS) right there and spoke with a representative to clear up their rules. It's better than trying to argue with a person behind the counter who is apparently misinformed.

Orion8472
January 24, 2013, 03:37 PM
My city has a UPS center, so I can take it there. I will get a new box from the UPS store, at least.

mgkdrgn
January 24, 2013, 05:45 PM
My city has a UPS center, so I can take it there. I will get a new box from the UPS store, at least.
If you have FedEx ground any where near you, that will be cheaper still.

beatledog7
January 24, 2013, 07:25 PM
It's always wise to pre-arrange shipping to an FFL, whether from yourself or from an on-line purchase. Develop a relationship with a good one locally, and you've got a friend for life.

Orion8472
January 24, 2013, 07:40 PM
Turns out that this thread wasn't necessary. Called his FFL and they only take firearms from another FFL. Found one in my city who will ship it for me. Adds to the cost. . . . . . . oh well.

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