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Firearms Shipping Guide
 

Shipping Legalities

Federal Law requires that all modern firearms be shipped only to a holder of a valid Federal Firearms License (FFL). The recipient must be have an FFL; however the sender is not required to have one. Any person who is legally allowed to own a firearm is legally allowed to ship it to an FFL holder for any legal purpose (including sale or resale).

 

Here is exactly what the ATF 'Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide' (ATF P 5300.4) says:
(B9) May a non licensee ship a firearm by carrier?
A non licensee may ship a firearm by carrier to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. In addition, Federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm and prohibits common or contract carriers from requiring or causing any label to be placed on any package indicating that it contains a firearm. [18 U. S. C. 922( a)( 2)( A) and 922( e), 27 CFR 178.31]

 

B8) May a non licensee ship a firearm through the U. S. Postal Service?
A non licensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. A non licensee may not transfer any firearm to a non licensed resident of another state. The Postal Service recommends that long guns be sent by registered mail and that no marking of any kind which would indicate the nature of the contents be placed on the outside of any parcel containing firearms.

 

'Antique' firearms need not be shipped to a licensed dealer. These can be shipped directly to the buyer. An antique firearm is a firearm built in or before 1898, or a replica thereof. The exact ATF definition of an antique firearm is:
Antique firearm. (a) Any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898; and (b) any replica of any firearm described in paragraph (a) of this definition if such replica (1) is not designed or redesigned for using rim fire or conventional center fire fixed ammunition, or (2) uses rim fire or conventional center fire fixed ammunition which is no longer manufactured in the United States and which is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.

 

Knives, air guns, accessories, and most gun parts need not be shipped to an FFL holder. We say most gun parts because each firearm contains at least one part that the ATF considers a firearm. This part is typically the part that contains the serial number. This part must be treated as a complete firearm when shipping the item.

 

Ammunition must be clearly identified as 'Small Arms Ammunition' on the outside of the box. Some shippers treat ammunition as dangerous or hazardous materials.

 

The section of the US Code that governs modern firearms is called Commerce in Firearms and Ammunition (CFA). This code is available on line at: www.atf.treas.gov/regulations/27cfr178.html

 

When in doubt, we suggest arranging for transfer through a licensed dealer. Violation of the CFA is a felony and penalties for violation of it are severe.

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Chris thanks for this post,  An Individual with an FFL told me I could ship my rifle to him (out of state) and he in return could ship it back to me without restrictions or any problems.  I didn't do it because I knew that was wrong. This post confirms my thoughts.
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Originally posted by Steelbenz Steelbenz wrote:

Chris thanks for this post,  An Individual with an FFL told me I could ship my rifle to him (out of state) and he in return could ship it back to me without restrictions or any problems.  I didn't do it because I knew that was wrong. This post confirms my thoughts.
 
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but if no ownership transfer takes place, such as a gunsmith doing some work on a gun, he can ship it back to you directly.
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You are correct sir.  I have shipped firearms off for repair or modification and the smith is able to ship it directly back to me.
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