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#1755219 - 04/17/21 09:59 PM Need insight for shipping firearms to a family member
Shooter Offline
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Registered: 09/01/10
Posts: 46
Loc: Prince William
City or County: Manassas
My brother moved out of state a few years ago. He left some guns in my care. Now he wants me to ship them to him. Anyone have experience in shipping a handgun and a rifle, and not being an FFL?

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#1755239 - 04/17/21 11:18 PM Re: Need insight for shipping firearms to a family member [Re: Shooter]
Breadman Offline
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Registered: 06/20/12
Posts: 1357
Loc: Virginia
City or County: Tappahannock
Gander Outdoors in Fredericksburg charges a $30 flat fee to ship to a FFL. I had them ship to a FFL in Pennsylvania a couple of weeks ago. I donít think you will beat that price.

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#1755360 - 04/18/21 12:07 PM Re: Need insight for shipping firearms to a family member [Re: Shooter]
ChrisC Offline
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Registered: 08/19/12
Posts: 759
Loc: Prince William County
City or County: Nokesville
If they are his already and not part of a transaction, Iím pretty sure you can ship it directly

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#1755404 - 04/18/21 01:50 PM Re: Need insight for shipping firearms to a family member [Re: Shooter]
rromeo Offline
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Registered: 07/06/10
Posts: 1665
Loc: VA
City or County: Pulaski
The rifles are pretty straightforward, the handguns are tricky.
They are his rifles, so he can mail them to himself in another state. That is okay by federal law, state and local law may differ.
The problem with handguns comes up because a non licensed person may not use the postal service to ship anything other than a rifle or shotgun. UPS and Fed Ex internal regulations say that you cannot ship a firearms to anybody other than an FFL.
So, you can box up the rifles and shotguns, with your brother's name as the sender and the recipient, and legally mail them.

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6. May I lawfully ship a firearm to myself in a different State?Any person may ship a firearm to himself or herself in the care of another person in the State where he or she intends to hunt or engage in any other lawful activity. The package should be addressed to the owner ďin the care ofĒ the out-of-State resident. Upon reaching its destination, persons other than the owner must not open the package or take possession of the firearm.

https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/docs/0501-firearms-top-10-qaspdf/download
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#1755405 - 04/18/21 01:51 PM Re: Need insight for shipping firearms to a family member [Re: ChrisC]
Shooter Offline
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Registered: 09/01/10
Posts: 46
Loc: Prince William
City or County: Manassas
Originally Posted By: ChrisC
If they are his already and not part of a transaction, Iím pretty sure you can ship it directly

That's what I was thinking, but when I contact FedEx, UPS & USPS, first words they say is contact an FFL. Didn't hunters used to mail their rifles to outfitters for hunts? I know you can check them when you fly, but risk them not showing up in time/in a condition to hunt.

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#1755407 - 04/18/21 01:54 PM Re: Need insight for shipping firearms to a family member [Re: rromeo]
Shooter Offline
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Registered: 09/01/10
Posts: 46
Loc: Prince William
City or County: Manassas
Originally Posted By: rromeo
The rifles are pretty straightforward, the handguns are tricky.
They are his rifles, so he can mail them to himself in another state. That is okay by federal law, state and local law may differ.
The problem with handguns comes up because a non licensed person may not use the postal service to ship anything other than a rifle or shotgun. UPS and Fed Ex internal regulations say that you cannot ship a firearms to anybody other than an FFL.
So, you can box up the rifles and shotguns, with your brother's name as the sender and the recipient, and legally mail them.

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6. May I lawfully ship a firearm to myself in a different State?Any person may ship a firearm to himself or herself in the care of another person in the State where he or she intends to hunt or engage in any other lawful activity. The package should be addressed to the owner ďin the care ofĒ the out-of-State resident. Upon reaching its destination, persons other than the owner must not open the package or take possession of the firearm.

https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/docs/0501-firearms-top-10-qaspdf/download


Thank you!

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#1755409 - 04/18/21 01:56 PM Re: Need insight for shipping firearms to a family member [Re: Shooter]
rromeo Offline
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Registered: 07/06/10
Posts: 1665
Loc: VA
City or County: Pulaski
And your local post office employees may have different opinions, but that doesn't mean it's the law. It pays to try different post offices, especially in your area.
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#2124460 - 05/14/24 04:25 PM Re: Need insight for shipping firearms to a family member [Re: Shooter]
Terminator4447 Offline
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Registered: 10/12/19
Posts: 1739
Loc: Virginia
City or County: Fredericksburg/Gainesville
Have the FFL that you plan to send it to send you a shipping label with his own address to himself that way itís like heís shipping it to himself and that way you donít have to pay two transfer fees last time I did it. The shipping was like 15 bucks.

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#2124593 - 05/15/24 02:16 AM Re: Need insight for shipping firearms to a family member [Re: Shooter]
bustedknee Offline
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Registered: 02/17/10
Posts: 1751
Loc: Southwest Va
City or County: Wythe
Put 'em in the trunk.
Take a road trip.
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