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Shipping A Handgun Out of State

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Pictures, Jul 3, 2012.

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  1. Pictures

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    I was curious about something. It'll cost me $45 for my FFL to send a handgun out of state for me, and I'm thinking that doesn't include shipping charges. If shipping is around $30 or so, does that mean it'll cost me $75, more or less, to sell a handgun out of state!?

    Does that sound about right or excessive?
     
  2. kludge

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    FFLs can use USPS to ship handguns. Will cost ~$10, I'd guess.

    $45 is excessive, IMO.
     
  3. Pictures

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    The guy said if I send USPS it'll have to be overnight.
     
  4. medalguy

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    Negative. FFL can ship by any means through USPS but the USPS recommends registered mail (= more money for them but not required). Mere mortals can't mail handguns at all. If it goes by UPS (brown trucks) yes it has to be overnight.
     
  5. oneounceload

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    I just shipped a handgun via Fedex - had to go priority overnight and with insurance for 2000, shipping was a touch over $100
     
  6. dogtown tom

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    Close.
    USPS doesn't recommend, but requires that a signature be obtained by anyone mailing a rifle or shotgun. (for some reason known only to USPS there is no such requirement on handguns or firearms that aren't rifles or shotguns).


    Registered Mail isn't required and either Priority Mail or Parcel Post are perfectly acceptable as long as the package requires a signature on delivery.
     
  7. Pictures

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    So, should I go with it or find a different FFL? I hate to do it because the guy is pretty close to where I live.
     
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    First of all, its gonna cost the FFL OVER $10 to ship a handgun, closer to $20 in fact after delivery confirmation ( in my opinion a MUST ) and insurance, which would leave the FFL making about $20 - $25, maybe $30, so IF the $45 INCLUDES shipping I would say its totally fair
     
  9. Pictures

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    I don't think it does.
     
  10. sig228

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    I'm not an FFL.

    I just shipped a handgun through my ffl. Cost was 20 plus shipping of my choice. I chose priority mail insured for 700. Shipping cost was 18 so total paid was 38.

    In the past I have used FedEx but the average cost was around 80. Most buyers are only willing to pay about 30 so I end up eating the difference. I keep that in mind though when a buyer is trying to negotiate.
     
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    I -am- an FFL, and that is what I charge for a shipping service ...$20 plus that actual cost of the shipping. Once you add insurance, even a flat rate box big enough to PROPERLY package and ship a handgun will run to about $20 or so.
     
  12. Pictures

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    Now I'm thinking about asking around instead. I feel like I'm being taken for a ride.
     
  13. Bubbles

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    Go to the USPS web site and figure out how much it would cost to ship the handgun using a flat-rate box. Most handguns will fit in a medium box, some require a large if they're in a hard case or have accessories with them. Do not forget to include insurance and delivery confirmation.

    Anything over the USPS cost is what the FFL is making on doing the transfer - and yes it's a transfer just like any other, the gun has to be logged in and out of the dealer's A&D book, the dealer has to get a copy of the recipient's FFL, etc.
     
  14. Pictures

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    Ugh, it cost me $75 total. $45 for the transfer and $30 for the shipping (for a Walther PPK). Ridiculous.

    Oh well, at least I know never to step foot in that LGS again.
     
  15. orionengnr

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    Next time, go to GunBroker.com, then "Buyers", then "Tools for Buyers", then "Searhttp://www.gunbroker.com/FFL/DealerNetwork.aspxch our FFL Holder Network" (this may or may not work:)
    http://www.gunbroker.com/FFL/DealerNetwork.aspx


    You can type in your zip code or state and it will give you a list of Transfer FFLs and their charges.

    Hope this helps.
     
  16. Shadow 7D

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    your best bet ISN'T the LGS
    it's one of the home based FFL's, their bread and butter is transfers and lower cost special orders and high end customs
     
  17. wolfcub

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    What kind of handgun? Makes a difference sometimes.
     
  18. orionengnr

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    Read post #14.
     
  19. wolfcub

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    Oops! Wrong question. Should have asked "How old is it?'.
     
  20. wolfcub

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    Oops! Wrong question. Should have asked "How old is it?'.
     
  21. Pictures

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    It's a 90s Walther PPK.
     
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    UPS, FEDEX or both require overnight for a handgun.

    Only FFL can ship USPS, but I think it is pretty cheap.
     
  23. Pictures

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    Yeah, no kidding. Except he said "should be around $30." Ridiculous.
     
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