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Posted: 12/21/2003 2:00:59 PM EDT
Is it still possible for an individual to ship a handgun to himself legally / without running afoul of regulations?  You can't use USPS, UPS requires shipment to an FFL, and apparently FedEx does now too, as per their website.

Thanks!

Michael
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 2:28:20 PM EDT
could you dissasemble it and call it machined parts?
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 5:13:55 PM EDT
Well somewhere along the line the frame is going to have to be shipped and that's the part considered the firearm.

Anyone have a definitive answer to this one?
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 5:24:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2003 5:26:42 PM EDT by jerry48430]
Some time back on another site people were talking about driving to Alaska. Rather than taking firearms, pistols, with then there were going to ship them Fedex, UPS, to themselfs at their distanation with restricted delivery. It was legal as long as they recieved and opened them.

Just reread the first post. It WAS legal not to long ago.
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 5:30:23 PM EDT
According to federal law, it is perfectly legal to ship a firearm to yourself. Such as if you are going on vacation, or moving. The package must be open only by you. No one else can open it or you risk being in violation.

Now, as stated, it is perfectly legal. However, carriers may have their own policies.

"(B10) May a nonlicensee ship firearms interstate for his or her use in hunting or other lawful activity? [Back]


Yes. A person may ship a firearm to himself or herself in 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. Persons other than the owner should not open the package and take possession of the firearm."
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 5:32:06 PM EDT
Nam, which carrier is that from if you don't mind?

Thanks!

Michael
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 5:40:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mrstang01:
Nam, which carrier is that from if you don't mind?

Thanks!

Michael
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It's from the ATF's web site, FAQ section.

-hanko
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 1:33:50 AM EDT
I am having a problem with that.  UPS and FedEx are problems due to company policy, there is no legal issue.  USPS I thought non-licensees could not ship handguns.  Nam, those rules you quoted - they do not apply to mailing, only shipping - is that correct or no?

At anyrate, there are other carriers besides UPS and FedEx, and I don't see a problem with shipping using Airline cargo, as long as you are registered as a known shipper if required.  If you are in a hard place, have one FFL ship to another at the destination - the only drawback is most will charge a small fee to do so.
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 3:07:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/22/2003 3:08:45 AM EDT by Jim_Dandy]
USPS I thought non-licensees could not ship handguns.
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That's right. Non-licensees may NOT use the U.S. Mails to ship/mail/transport/move a handgun. Longguns are okay, but no handguns. Non-licensees are required to use a contract carrier for the shipment of handguns.
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 3:23:52 AM EDT
And there's the problem, all the big carriers insist you use an FFL on one end at least, or be shipping it to the factory for repair.  Completely bogus, but what do you do?

Michael
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 3:48:32 AM EDT
Ship within the law, not some self-important asshole at UPS or Federal Express.
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