Shipping handguns

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by NGIB, Mar 24, 2008.

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  1. NGIB

    NGIB Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Hinesville, GA
    The rules (interstate) are as follows. I won't quote the actual cites as they are in many threads here - just do a search:

    - Only an FFL may use the US Postal Service to mail a handgun. This is federal law and not just USPS policy. However, note that C&R holders (03FFL) may not use the USPS to ship handguns although they may ship long arms through the USPS.

    - Taking the gun apart and mailing the pieces does not work either, it is illegal - the receiver IS the firearm and must be shipped accordingly.

    - A regular person (non-FFL holder) can send a handgun back to the manufacturer for repair and it can be sent directly back to them. Commercial carriers (e.g., FedEx and UPS) must be used and their policies followed.

    - If you live in a state where guns are registered to a person, California comes to mind, the seller must follow the state as well as federal laws to sell it and ship it - usually requires involving an FFL.

    - Commercial carriers, like UPS and FEDEX, will ship a handgun to an FFL from a private party but will require that it be sent overnight.

    - Just as a side note, many FFLs will not accept a shipment from a non-FFL so check first before you send.

    - A money saving tip: When shipping a handgun via UPS or FedEx, you might want to make the package as small as possible. A few inches less in girth, length and width can mean a big savings at the counter.

    Additional information with links to common carriers, BATF, etc., can be found in this thread: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=323555
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  2. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 20, 2002
    Somewhere in the woods of Northern VA
  3. Pietro Beretta

    Pietro Beretta Member

    Apr 9, 2005
    Information specific to shipping a Handgun to and/or from California (as per the CA DOJ website):

    Residency Requirement: No firearms dealer may deliver a handgun unless the intended recipient presents satisfactory documentation indicating that he or she is a California resident.

    Shipping Requirements: Handguns may not be sent through the U.S. Postal Service. A common or contract carrier must be used for shipment of handguns. (UPS/FEDEX)

    As of January 1, 2008, both in-state and out of state Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders will be required to obtain approval (e.g., a unique verification number) from the California Department of Justice prior to shipping firearms to any California FFL (Penal Code §§ 12072).

    It is unlawful for a person who is not a licensed firearms dealer pursuant to Penal Code section 12071, to sell, loan, or otherwise transfer a firearm unless the sale, loan, or transfer is completed through a licensed firearms dealer. (Penal Code §§ 12071, 12072, 12082.)

    UPS Handgun Shipping Requirements: READ THEM HERE

    FEDEX Handgun Shipping Requirements: READ THEM HERE
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