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Posted: 9/22/2009 8:02:49 PM EST
Just curious as to rules regarding shipping Upper and Lower Receiver Groups via US Postal Service and UPS? I know how they handle shipment of Pistols, but what do I need to know regarding shipping of upper and lower receivers via those two parcel delivery services? not regarding individual States laws of course. Can I simply box up the receiver groups in a non descript box, with nothing indicating it's firearm related??

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Posted: 9/22/2009 8:05:47 PM EST
Upper Receivers can be shipped person to person, lower receivers must go through ffls. But not sure what your state laws are so might want to check that as well
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Posted: 9/22/2009 8:06:54 PM EST
You can ship the entire gun straight to the buyer. As long as you're in the same state. otherwise, the lower needs to go thru an FFL.
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Posted: 9/22/2009 8:07:47 PM EST
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Originally Posted By JWalker217:
Just curious as to rules regarding shipping Upper and Lower Receiver Groups via US Postal Service and UPS? I know how they handle shipment of Pistols, but what do I need to know regarding shipping of upper and lower receivers via those two parcel delivery services? not regarding individual States laws of course. Can I simply box up the receiver groups in a non descript box, with nothing indicating it's firearm related??

Thank you in advance.


You can't ship a handgun through the US Postal Service unless you are a FFL.

You want to put it in a non-descript box with nothing to indicate it is a firearm. UPS requires you to notify them that it contains a firearm.

You can't send a firearm to a non-FFL in another state (unless you are a gunsmith/manufacturer, and you are returning the gun to its owner)
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Posted: 10/5/2009 1:20:40 PM EST
Ok...so can I ship an AR Upper through the US Postal Service? and if I decide to ship via UPS, do I have to declare the package contains a "firearm" when it's really just the upper receiver?

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Posted: 10/5/2009 1:24:02 PM EST
Upper, don't stress. The lower is the important part. Where is it going? If you're shipping it to someone with an FFL say for engraving purposes, ship it normal, and they can ship it right back to you without going through an FFL even if they are out of state. If you're shipping out of state to an individual, it must go through an FFL.
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Posted: 10/5/2009 1:24:49 PM EST
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Originally Posted By JWalker217:
Ok...so can I ship an AR Upper through the US Postal Service? and if I decide to ship via UPS, do I have to declare the package contains a "firearm" when it's really just the upper receiver?

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The upper receiver is not the firearm and has no restrictions in regards to shipping. The lower receiver is what is considered to be the firearm. You can ship lower receivers through USPS to an FFL, if the buyer is another state, just not handguns.
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Posted: 10/5/2009 1:45:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By 70satvert:
Upper, don't stress. The lower is the important part. Where is it going? If you're shipping it to someone with an FFL say for engraving purposes, ship it normal, and they can ship it right back to you without going through an FFL even if they are out of state. If you're shipping out of state to an individual, it must go through an FFL.


Thanks for the response. So it's cool to ship in non descript package (Upper receiver only complete with BCG) via US Postal Service without declaring it's a "firearm"? I'm actually send out two uppers, one to Tx. and one to Colorado.
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Posted: 10/5/2009 1:48:49 PM EST

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Originally Posted By 70satvert:
Upper, don't stress. The lower is the important part. Where is it going? If you're shipping it to someone with an FFL say for engraving purposes, ship it normal, and they can ship it right back to you without going through an FFL even if they are out of state. If you're shipping out of state to an individual, it must go through an FFL.


Thanks for the response. So it's cool to ship in non descript package (Upper receiver only complete with BCG) via US Postal Service without declaring it's a "firearm"? I'm actually send out two uppers, one to Tx. and one to Colorado.

You are 100% good to go. The lower is technically the firearm, due to it being serialized. Uppers are not restricted, as far as shipping goes. No worries.
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