Shipping a rifle... UPS Hub???

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Trey Veston, Apr 17, 2021.

  1. I6turbo

    I6turbo Member

    May 3, 2012
    Yes, if a non-licensed seller is selling/shipping a handgun, find a good FFL dealer that'll treat you fair - say, $25 fee plus the shipping cost - and you'll get the job done for a little under $50 and won't have to worry about it being done right/legally. The FFL can even use the flat-rate boxes if the gun fits. Even if it doesn't fit the inexpensive flat rate box, the USPS shipping rate is only about $20-something.

    For a long gun, an individual can ship via USPS no problem, and for the same cost as the FFL can do it.
  2. JDeere

    JDeere Member

    May 31, 2020
    I use UPS and send to an FFL all of the time and all over the Country with no problems. Always send it insured with delivery confirmation for a little less than 40 bucks. Of course it depends on how much you insure it for as well. It does have to go to a UPS Customer Service Center as I have verified that with them more than once. I setup an account with them online which makes life a whole lot easier. I refuse to use Fedex because their Customer service centers are 30.06 posted gun free zones...ymmv...
  3. Navy87Guy

    Navy87Guy Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    Just to be clear (because the thread has been a little all over the place)...

    - Anyone can use USPS to ship a long gun to anyone in state or to an FFL out of state
    - Only an FFL can ship handguns via USPS
    - Anyone can use UPS or FedEx to ship long guns (same as USPS) or handguns to an FFL

    And has been pointed out, it’s probably very cost effective to just ship through an FFL win a reasonable fee with a lot less hassle than trying to do it yourself.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2021
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  4. HankC

    HankC Member

    May 8, 2005
    SW Ohio
    You don't need to tell the clerk when you ship a long gun at post office. They don't ask if it is firearm and you don't need to tell them. Non-FFL individual can ship long guns at post office but not handguns.
  5. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Member

    May 31, 2008
    USPS- Anyone can ship a long gun to any FFL anywhere. Also, an individual can ship a long gun to anyone in their state, no FFL needed. No notification to clerk needed. Throw a copy of the FFL's license inside if shipping to an FFL..

    To ship a handgun via USPS, your LGS can do it, usually cheaper than you can via other carriers. The LGS can just ship it via a flat rate box and insurance costs, plus their fee.

    UPS & Fedex, any firearm to an FFL.

    What ticks me off is both UPS & Fedex require you to ship handguns overnight at ridiculous prices. Why? Because they're afraid of theft by their own employees. So you have to pick up the tab for what they consider untrustworthy employees. Nice, yeah?
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  6. IMAhobbyist

    IMAhobbyist Member

    Nov 4, 2020
    Then you of all people should be able to realize your statement which I offered clarification for was inaccurate.
  7. natman

    natman Member

    Feb 11, 2007
    There's nothing to mailing a LONG gun. Insure it, ask for Adult Signature Required and mail it.

    Here are the applicable regulations:

    432.1 General

    Mailers must comply with the Gun Control Act of 1968, all of the provisions of postal law in 18 U.S.C. 1715
    [no handguns], and all other all federal and state regulations and local ordinances affecting the movement of firearms. The following also applies:

    1. The Postal Service may require the mailer to open parcels containing firearms or air guns or give written certification that the weapon is unloaded and not concealable.
    2. Short-barreled rifles or shotguns that can be concealed on the person are nonmailable.
    3. No markings of any kind that indicate the nature of the contents may be placed on the outside wrapper or container of any mailpiece containing firearms.
    4. Mailable matter must be properly and securely packaged within the general packaging requirements in DMM 601.1-7.
    5. Except for shipments between licensed dealers, manufacturers, or importers, all regulated firearms must be mailed using a USPS product or Extra Service that provides tracking and signature capture at delivery.

    Handguns are another story. They can only be mailed by FFLs.

    Firearms can only be shipped UPS at a facility run by UPS itself, not "UPS Stores", which are separate businesses. I stopped shipping long guns via UPS when they went to dimensional weight, which makes long packages very expensive to ship. If you do go UPS the nearest Customer Center is at 615 N Grand Ave, Pullman, WA.
  8. George P

    George P member

    Jan 10, 2018
    Yes long guns going via USPS is allowed; I would send it registered, especially if it is expensive.
  9. JDeere

    JDeere Member

    May 31, 2020
    Written policy is one thing but what they do at each location is sometimes off the wall and up to interpretation by the employee. Yes you can ask for a supervisor and all of that but personally I would not stand there and argue with a postal employee. Take my business elsewhere and not a hassle.
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