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shipping firearms to yourself

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by pinstripe, Feb 1, 2012.

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  1. pinstripe

    pinstripe Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    central Arkansas
    This question was asked of me and I don't know the answer and was wondering if anyone on this board could help. I only need factual information because I intend to relay the answer back to my friend that originally asked it. The question is this. "If i have some firearms that I inhereted from a deceased family member, and they are in another state, can I have them shipped to my home several states away. This is not a transfer of a bought/new firearm, but firearms that I have inhereted." I would like to help out my friend, but I don't want to relay false information to him that may cause him issues.
    Thanks in advance for information pertaining to this question.
    Your fellow high roader Pinstripe
  2. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    Dec 14, 2005
    Stanwood, WA
    Nobody else can legally ship the firearms for him to his home in another state. He has to personally do it.


  3. GoWolfpack

    GoWolfpack Member

    May 13, 2009
    Navy LCDR beat me to it.

    Remember to check all applicable state laws as well. Federal law specifically exempts transfers through bequest from normal interstate transfer laws (would not have to transfer through an FFL)
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012
  4. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    Correct. Other possibilities:

    1. Your friend can go pick up the weapons and bring them back himself.
    2. Your friend can go pick up the weapons and ship them back to himself.
    3. Your friend can arrange for a FFL to ship the weapons to a FFL in his state and pick them up there.
  5. AK_Maine_iac

    AK_Maine_iac Member

    Jun 10, 2011
    North Pole, Alaska
    Last fall i was thinking about going back to Maine for a hunt with my brother. I ask the postal clerk here in North Pole Alaska about shipping LONG GUNS to my self from Alaska to Maine. She told me that i "could" as long as it was addressed to myself @ my brothers address.
    Her exact words Long Guns and shotguns yes Handguns NO She said people do it all the time. Overnight express mail
  6. Librarian

    Librarian Member

    Oct 14, 2003
    Concord, CA
    Post office will accept long guns from 'just folks' but handguns from only FFLs.

    Inheritance does not require an FFL in Federal law (and not in CA law, either, but can't say about other states). However, both FedEx and UPS have business policies that require an FFL as either shipper or receiver, which complicates things quite annoyingly.
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