I am the president of AWMS Inc, an 07 (manufacturer of other than destructive devices) FFL / SOT. I do not advertise the fact much on the board in order to avoid any possible conflict of interest with my Staff position. However, I am making this exception in order to help clear up a common misunderstanding. (And just to post some neat legal links. Read and learn.)
As an FFL and regular citizen I try very hard to comply with the letter of the law & suggest others do so as well. I am not a lawyer
so use the references provided to interpret the law or speak with an attorney, but do not take MY word for it. Do NOT accept the spoken word of any government official - insist on a WRITTEN opinion.
My FFL Compliance Officer is a decent guy. He tells me when he doesn't know something and is clear about the things he considers important. I respect his honesty and willingness to help. He is addamant that I should NEVER send an FFL certified copy to an unlicensed person (non-FFL). Therefore, I don't. Some people are insistent that I go against his opinion - I won't. Below are links to the regulations saying it is not necessary for a non-licensee to get an ink signed copy of the purchaser's FFL (among other things). It is a little obscure but it is in there! Please feel free to contact me with additional references. ALL FFL holders have a copy of this in their regulations books and most will show them to you on request. FFL EZ Check.
This is a web site that will allow you to verify an FFL is valid. (Or was, recently.) The disclaimers are a little unsettling but that is the ATF playing CYA. A license could be expired or revoked; just as a paper copy could be invalid. For a non licensee this should be adequate proof of an FFL and their correct address. (It is unlawful to ship a restricted part, read receiver, to OTHER than the FFL's listed address.) For a licensee, the site provides some supporting evidence the "certified copy" is not a fake. All you need is the first 3 and last 5 digits of an FFL's license number. (Middle 7 not required.) ATF does this to provide a little security to the FFL that his license will not be forged.220.127.116.11/FFLeZCheck
Here is a link to the various STATE
regulations from the ATF site:www.atf.treas.gov/firearms/statelaws/24thedition/index.htm
All FFL's have a copy of this in book form too. I just got the new one a few weeks ago.
Link to US Postal Service Domestic Mail Manual
and other postal regulations. Do a search on "firearms" as an example. pe.usps.gov/ATF main site: www.atf.treas.gov/ATF Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide 2000.
An updated version is overdue but not yet been published according to my ATF contact.www.atf.treas.gov/pub/fire-explo_pub/2000_ref.htm
It gives references to the applicable regulations and laws. Those section are also linked on the ATF main site so you can read both the explanation AND the law they are explaining.www.atf.treas.gov/pub/fire-explo_pub/guncoact.pdf
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18 USC Section 922, (a) (5) is one reference to the authority for a NON FFL to ship a firearm interstate to an FFL.www.atf.treas.gov/pub/fire-explo_pub/part178.pdf
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27CFR 178.31 (a)This requires you to only ship to an FFL if out of state. Looks like it says you need not notify the carrier, in writing, what is in the package. This may be modified in another section or law.
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27 CFR 178.31 (b) This forbids the carrier from putting a label on a package indicating the contents are a firearm.
27 CFR 178.31 (d) This part indicates a common carrier must obtain a signature upon receipt of a package containing a firearm or ammunition.
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This is the requirement for an FFL to provide a certified copy of his license to ANOTHER FFL when transferring firearms between them. NOTE THAT IT MAKES NO MENTION OF THAT REQUIREMENT FOR NON-LICENSEES!!!!!!!
Of interest to the NFA crowd (and those applying for an FFL):Fingerprint cards: www.atf.treas.gov/firearms/nlc/062703nlcfingerprint.htm
Of interest to NFA and manufacturing people; excise tax exemptions:www.atf.treas.gov/pub/ind_circulars/ic_93-5.pdf
I will add more as I find it.
Please use this thread ONLY to add legal references and links. OT comment will be removed!
Edited to update ATF state laws link. THANKS!