Question about shipping a rifle

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by rdm, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. rdm

    rdm Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2003
    I went down to the local Fedex drop off today and the lady behind the counter told me I needed a FFL to ship a rifle out of state to a gunsmith. Is this right?
  2. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    To my knowledge shipping out-of-state you have to ship to a FFL.
    You yourself don't have to have one. At least I didn't when I shipped off an action awhile ago.


  3. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Brent is correct.

    You do not have to be a FFL, you just have to send to one.

    My suspicion is that your Fedex place is a franchise store like the UPS stores. They can set their own policy and refuse to ship anything they see fit.

    If that is the case you'll need to take it to the real Fedex or UPS terminal in your area. They almost always have a better grasp of reality and regulations.

    Good luck.
  4. EddieHarren

    EddieHarren Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    I would use the USPS. I receive and ship long guns from, and to, customers regularly.
  5. dirtball

    dirtball Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    If you are purchasing a firearm (the portion of the weapon with the serial number on it, receiver/action etc.) from out of state it MUST be shipped to a FFL licensee. Once you own it, it can be shipped to and from a licensed gunsmith with out going thru a FFL Licensee.
    You will have the least amount of hassle with the USPS, especially the smaller local PO's that know what they are doing.

  6. loaders_loft

    loaders_loft Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2008
    Do you need the FFL holder's license number or is just the address okay?
  7. dirtball

    dirtball Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2007

    You are supposed to have a "Signed copy of the FFL License" of the person/dealer that you are shipping the firearm to.
    Present this to the carrier as assurance that the shipment is legal.
    You can go on "Gunbroker.Com" and get a complete rundown of the current rags, AND you can link to the BATF web site and verify that the FFL license that the purchaser sent you is from a current licensee and not a forgery.

    The last ones that I have done the guy at the post office just looks at the FFL license and hands it back to me and ships the firearm.
    Hand guns HAVE TO BE shipped overnight express, if I recall correctly.
    Dave Support FAQ 1118 : Firearms Shipping Guide
  8. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Writers Guild

    Jun 13, 2007
    However, caveat.

    I have been told by my local UPS store that "they" cannot ship firearms due to UPS policy.

    The firearm must be taken to the UPS shipment center and handed over directly. Supposedly UPS told them that they want to handle all firearms shipments direct and inhouse w/o using their franchise stores.

    I have never had an issue going USPS as long as I was shipping to and FFL dealer.

    I also ship with a "delivery confirmation" and insured versus "registered" and insured. Delivery confirmation is .65 cents and registration is $8-10. Delivery confirmation gives you actual time of delivery logged into the system and can be tracked by a confirmation number on the receipt.

  9. esshup

    esshup Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    It's also legal to ship a gun to yourself. I did that because I wasn't flying directly home and didn't want to transport the gun thru 3 different airports and leave it in a hotel for a few days.