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Posted: 8/25/2004 9:30:28 AM EDT
A friend of mine asked me to help him out with a transfer issue that I wasn't sure about. He has a rifle (antique) at his relative's home in North Carolina and wants to ship it to his state of Minnesota. I believe he's required to "transfer" through a FFL holder but I wasn't absolutely certain since it's his weapon. This sounds like a weapon from the mid to late 1800's but still is a functionong firearm. He's not even sure if it's serial numbered. If a FFL transfer is required, will the serial number (if it doesn't have one) be an issue? Thanks in advance for any insight someone may have.

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:50:06 AM EDT
If it was made prior to Jan 1, 1899, it is an antique firearm and is not subject to Federal regulation. No FFL needs to be involved in the transfer at either end.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 1:24:03 PM EDT
Thanks. I did some checking and found it to be manufactured in 1901. Now what????????
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 5:19:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2004 5:22:26 AM EDT by EOD_Guy]

Originally Posted By Booger4433:
Thanks. I did some checking and found it to be manufactured in 1901. Now what????????

It must be transferred through a licensed dealer in the recipient's home state. The fact that it doesn't have a serial number shouldn't matter. They weren't required at the time of manufacture.

I don't know what effect Minnesota law would have on the transfer.
Link Posted: 8/31/2004 9:24:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/31/2004 9:25:00 AM EDT by SWO_daddy]
Tell him to drive to NC and drive back to Minn with the rifle. It it was given to him by a private person, no FFL need get involved, no paper trail to be audited by ATF later, and all perfectly legal.

I'd drive all that way to keep a gun out of the Feds' radar screen.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:48:03 PM EDT
It's his rifle? No FFL is needed. Ship USPS or common carrier. I'd call the office beforehand, actual knowledge of laws is notoriously bad at these places.
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