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Moving to Texas - how to get my guns there?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 1911jerry, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. 1911jerry

    1911jerry Member

    I will be relocating from California to Texas in July. I have several handguns (10), no rifles. What do you think is the best method to get them there. I have a safe that weights 350 pounds. I was thinking about wrapping the snot out of them in their cases and stuff the safe with bubble wrap. I dont want to drive for 2 or 3 days, but would rather fly on the companies dime.

    My company is paying for a moving service to pack everything, but thoght that I might want to do the honors with my pieces.

    Same question with reloading equipment? I have a dillon xl650, tumbler, media separator, tons of brass, bullets, powder, primers, and best of all, a ton of ammo. Should I sell off the components(primers and powder) and keep the brass, bullets?

    Good ideas, bad ideas?

    Looking for suggestions from you fine people.


  2. Dacoda

    Dacoda Well-Known Member

    Now I'm curious about something, if you were to ship them to yourself, would you need to be an FFL? Even though they're yours?

    I know it sounds like a ridiculous question, but for some reason, I think the answer might be more ridiculous.
  3. Hoploholic

    Hoploholic member

    You can ship them to yourself for you own personal use without an FFL, but it might be more trouble than its worth trying to convince the kid at the UPS counter that it is legal to do.

    Sell off of the primers and powder as I don't think the company will ship them for you. Depending on the quantity of powder, I might just dump in in the garden and then water it down. It makes decent fertilizer. If you are talking pounds though...sell it.


    Moving to Texas

    I just moved to Washington from Texas all my guns were in my truck with me and as far as I know it was all completely legall but I drove and it did take 3 days, just curious will the company pay for your gas if so there is some really pretty things to along the way.

    Good Luck.
  5. Dacoda

    Dacoda Well-Known Member

    Jerry, where in Texas are you moving to anyways?

    Hop, What about if he shipped them via airfreight? Forget UPS or FedEx, use an actual shipping/trucking company. Oh, but then again, his compay is hiring a moving company. hmm... I'd take advantage of the moving company. What are your concerns? Just leave the replacable stuff behind, powder/primers etc... I'm sure someone on THR could benefit.
  6. ProficientRifleman

    ProficientRifleman Well-Known Member

    Gone to Texas....?

    You will be welcome in Texas with your guns. If it was me, I'd travel with my hardware. You can ship them to yourself and not be in violation of any law. I don't think I'd trust my valuable hardware to a moving company. If your employer is paying for your move, simply send the guns UPS or FedEx and charge it to moving expenses.

    Enjoy your stay in the Great Republic!
  7. ball3006

    ball3006 Well-Known Member

    Put them in your car and drive....

    them to Texas..........That is what I did quite a long time ago when I moved back here......Carried my ammo along too....Just drive safe and legal......chris3
  8. WT

    WT Well-Known Member

    Put them in your car and drive to Texas. Don't let them out of your possession.

    If you ship all of them and they get 'lost' you will never forgive yourself.

    A 2-3 day drive is nothing.
  9. dev_null

    dev_null Well-Known Member

    I put all of mine in cases and transported them in the safe. Ammo went in a footlocker in the trunk of my car. Worked fine for me.
  10. boofus

    boofus Guest

    Throw em in the back seat and stick the safe in a U-haul trailer. Drive to your new home.

    Welcome to the Lone Star Republic. :D

    If you're really adverse to driving I really don't know. The myriad shipping companies have been getting bad reps lately. Someone on subguns.com shipped a legally registered HK machinegun by UPS And they destroyed the thing and refused to make good on the insurance claim even though everything was done right.
  11. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    The best thing to do is to ship them all to me. I promise to keep them safe and give them back when you get here.

    Really. Bwahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa..... :evil:
  12. Vic303

    Vic303 Well-Known Member

    Get all your valuables like guns & jewelry, stocks, software, etc out of the house a day before the movers arrive. You will be moving that stuff yourself in a car...see if your company will give you a mileage payment or something.

    Bribe your moving crew--a bit of cash to the driver to divvy out to the packers, food and water/gatorade for all. Don't be cheap--they can make your move a breeze or a living hell.

    Once you and your moved goods arrive, bribe the new crew in the same way the prior crew was treated.

    You can sell your moving boxes if you unpack them, lots of folks will buy them from you. If the movers unpack IIRC, they take the boxes with them.

    I suggest you unpack your own stuff--after all, many unpacking/unloading crews just got their company t-shirt that morning from the 'work needed' line on the corner...

    BTW, our move on the company nickel in 2003 went smoothly. We hauled our own valuables, bribed our crews and had VERY minimal damage.

    Be sure to file a damage report on anything that got damaged.
  13. Amish_Bill

    Amish_Bill Well-Known Member

    You're flying? Get some large luggage and fly with them in your checked luggage. Ten locked pistol cases might fit in the bottom of a large travel case. Just remember, at the airport you're going to have to open and tag each box for the "Nice TSA Agent."

    Heck - I might have to do that sometime just to enjoy the looks I'd get. ;-)

    powder and primers... on your own there.

    two notes
    -- unloaded, can have a factory box or two of ammo in the bag if you want something on hand at the other end.
    -- weight limits per checked bag are not your friend when you do this. Be Careful.
  14. tuckerdog1

    tuckerdog1 Well-Known Member


    Welcome to Texas Jerry. Being a gun guy, your gonna love Texas. Say goodby to all the Calif crap associated with RKBA.

    What part of this great state are you coming to?

  15. pcf

    pcf Well-Known Member

    When the military moved all my stuff from California to Maryland, the shippers arrived and packaged up all my stuff. The shipping company subcontracted with another shipping company to move my stuff. The second shipping company unpacked everything the first company had packed up and repacked it (on the government's dime of course) and then shipped it to Maryland. Nothing was missing or damaged but I was rather upset that had happened. I called the original shipping company to complain and apparently it's a common occurence when companies use subcontractors.

    I wouldn't trust firearms or small valuables that are difficult to replace to the shipping company. There's no telling who will have access to your stuff.

    Call the airline you'll be flying on and find out how many handguns you can check as baggage, and what the excess baggage fees for ten would cost (it should be in the neighborhood of $150).
  16. Sam Adams

    Sam Adams Well-Known Member

    Welcome to Texas. You'll like the gun laws here, as well as the lack of an income tax and a lower incidence of mentally-challenged public servants (we have some, but Kali and NJ-where I'm originally from-have many more).

    First of all, movers generally won't take firearms, and certainly won't take ammo or powder - their insurance won't cover them.

    Second, you don't want the guns to be out of your possession. Even if you have full replacement value insurance on them, and no sentimentality tied to any of them, the idea of them being stolen and used by criminals to victimize innocents should make you recoil. I drove from NJ (story below) and have no regrets - well, except for Louisiana being the most boring state in the country to drive through, but that's in my past. DRIVE!

    As to my story...I used to live in NJ, or the PRNJ as us gunnies call it. I had several items that NJ law didn't exactly like us peons to have, so when I passed the "Welcome to Delaware" sign while crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge, I casually turned to my wife of 1 1/2 years (she being utterly ignorant of firearms laws and my stock of possessions at that point) and said, "Now you won't have to bail me out of jail." I got the bug-eyes and she almost broke her jaw on the floor before asking me to explain. I told her about magazines above 15 rounds being illegal in the PRNJ, and the penalty (5 years in the pen, EACH). She asked how many I had, and I told her, "well, less than 18 inches behind our butts are about 200 years in Rahway [a PRNJ high-security prison] worth." More bug-eyes. Then she asked, "Do they have laws like that in Texas?" "No. Texas is in America." End of conversation.

    BTW, I never mentioned to her about the many hundreds of hollowpoint rounds that I also had in the car, all of which the PRNJ grossly disapproves of in proletariat hands.

    Oh, in addition to being able to buy whatever guns, magazines and ammo you want in Texas, you can also carry legally without any problem - just take a class, pay some bucks and you're carrying within a couple of months, all quite legally. And if you're going to the San Antonio area, you can go to the Bullet Hole and rent machine guns (or buy them, if you make the right offer). Just like California, right?
  17. BFWE

    BFWE Active Member

    Welcom to Texas Ya'll!

    I have move a couple of times and have a good collection of long arms. This is what I did and it worked out well:
    1. Build a few crates to take your firearms. The length is determined by the length of the firearm - most of mine are long arms. Be sure you don't put more than about five rifles or your risk damaging the guns and it'll be too heavy to move around.
    2. Wrap each firearm in a few layers of bubble wrap. Lay them inside the crates so they spoon together as nicely as possible.
    3. Fill in any void areas with approprate packing mateirals -- shreaded newspaper, bubble pack, packing peanuts, etc.
    4. Put them in you vehicle and take them to the destination yourself -- DO NOT LET THE MOVERS TAKE THEM as you'll have no controll over their handling and movers are interested in getting the most in the trailer as quickly as possible.
    5. Did I mention --- MOVE THE GUNS YOURSELF!
    6. Don't let anyone --- ANYONE --- know what's in the crates.
    Texas is a good place for gun owners but it's best not to let the neighbors (especially the teenage kids), movers, busy-bodies know your business. We have a LOT of people who've moved into Texas since the mid-80's that feel their East-coast ways should be forced on everyone. (OK... I'm ranting now... breath....)

    Glad your coming to God's favorite state. We need all the good ones we can get!

    On checking firearms to fly... I don't think that's a good idea. One or two is fine and won't get anyone "concerned". A large number of them and you WILL pay very high air-shipping rates as it will magically change from luggage to cargo in the eyes of the airline. Plus -- the efforts of our wonderful TSA aside -- luggage handlers still steal stuff and firearms stick out with all the extra tagging. Now a'days, firearms get a nice bright sticker placed on the outside of the case their in. You can see the damb things from inside the aircraft as they load the baggage in the hull!

    Also -- and I hesitate to add this part as it makes me sound like a Conspirikook -- a buddy of mine flew with two AR's to a rifle meet. He checked the luggage and everything went smoothly. Since then he ALWAYS gets a wand search when he flys. Before that one flight he was never singled out. I am not one for conspiracies, but there might be a "watch list" that people that travel(ed) with firearms end up on.
  18. 1911jerry

    1911jerry Member

    Thanks for the many great many replies. I will talk to the wife and drive out there.

    I will be moving to the San Antonio area near Sea World. The wife has a nice Ryland home picked out already as we made 2 trips there to find housing. Our home will be ready in July, ahead of our move.

    I will be an engineer for the new Toyota plant going in on the south side of bexar county. I look forward to spending a good anount of hard earned cash obtaining guns that I have always wanted, but couldnot get here in Cali.

    All the best

  19. Texfire

    Texfire Well-Known Member

    You're in trouble, the phrase kid in a candy store comes to mind.

  20. 2400

    2400 Well-Known Member

    When did they start doing this? I fly a lot and haven't had that happen to me.

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