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FFL & sending a handgun??????

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by timmyjimmy5150, Sep 29, 2005.

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  1. timmyjimmy5150

    timmyjimmy5150 Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Hey guys....
    I sold a handgun of mine on an auction site.....
    My question is this:

    I know I need a signed copy of the FFL from the dealer where the winning bidder wants his handgun shipped.....BUT --- I'm not an FFL holder myself....
    Do I need to take my handgun to a registered FFL and send a copy of his FFL along with the handgun? Or -- Do I just receive the buyer's FFL and ship the gun to the address on that FFL?

  2. Scoupe

    Scoupe Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Kansas City
    In most states you simply send the piece to his FFL. It's a good idea to make a copy to enclose in the package and take the one he sent with you when you take the package to the shipper. If you're in California, it may be different, as a couple of other less gun-friendly states.
  3. hotpig

    hotpig Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    SW Illinois St Louis metro east
    You should make sure that the receiving FFL will accept your gun before you ship it. Some Dealers will not accept a transfer from a individual.

    I had this problem before getting my FFL. I sent a .25 to the dealer because the buyer said he would do it this way. After the dealer received my gun he would not transfer it to the buyer nor could he send it back to me. The gun was in limbo and was going to be turned into the ATF for disposal. The buyer who caused all the problems was screaming about getting his money back. I cashed in some major favors to get a dealer on my end to send his FFL to the dealer on the other end.

    This may not sound like a big deal to you non FFL holders but it is. The dealer on my end did not have my gun so it was not logged into his book. The dealer on the other end would have logged the gun in as being from my dealer. If both guys books were compared it would not match up.
  4. Jim K

    Jim K Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    I would think that any dealer who sends out a signed copy of his FFL is agreeing to accept a shipment. Some dealers don't like to send FFL copies to non-dealers because there have been cases where a legitimate dealer's license was altered to allow illegal gun receipt by someone else. Dealer FFL's can be checked on the BATFE web site; collectors licensees cannot.

    For a shipper, calling is a good idea. And anyone expecting to receive a gun through a dealer should make sure that the dealer knows the gun is coming and from whom. When directing the shipper where to send the gun, make sure to get the dealer to send an FFL copy or give it to the receiver to send. A gun that just "shows up" is highly suspect, since the dealer may suspect some kind of entrapment.

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