Hey guys....I knew you would be the ones to ask....
I have a ar15 lower reciever I would like to give to a close family member in WA.
I will be flying up to see him in a few weeks.....
What is the easiest way to give him the reciever ? Should I pack it in my luggage and declare it before I board on the airplane or ship it using Fedex or UPS.
Has anybody flown with declared firearms recently? What type of container does it need to be etc?
Or if shipping can I ship directly to him with a note on the box as to it not being opened by anybody but myself?
Thanks for your help.
Put it in a lockable firearm case, like a smaller Pelican case type, declare it at the counter of the airline and have it put with the checked baggage. I take firearms with me all the time when I fly and have had no problems yet.
That all deals with selling of a firearm. What is the law pertaining to giving the firearm as a gift to a close family member? I think the transfer of a firearm to a family member should be legal without going through a FFL as long as the receiving family member is not prohibited by any state or federal laws from owning such a firearm. Sure, it is going across state lines but it is not being sold to an unknown person, it is not being sold at all, it is being given as a gift to a close family member.
My dad lives in another state and gives me rifles and pistols all the time. Last deer hunting season in Michigan he gave me my deceased mothers .30-30. Did he commit a federal crime? No, as a bequest is legal even across state lines. My father is dying of cancer and he has been getting everything in order by giving myself, my brother and sisters what he wants them to have. Some of us live in different states.
shall not preclude any person who lawfully acquires
a firearm by bequest or intestate succession in a State other
than his State of residence from transporting the firearm into or
receiving it in that State, if it is lawful for such person to
purchase or possess such firearm in that State, (B) shall not
apply to the transportation or receipt of a firearm obtained in
conformity with subsection (b)(3) of this section, and (C) shall
not apply to the transportation of any firearm acquired in any
State prior to the effective date of this chapter
One of my sisters bought me an O/U shotgun. These are gifts of firearms.
I could be wrong but in nearly 20 years I have never knowingly come across a person convicted of a federal firearms violation for giving a close family member a firearm as a gift when that person could legally possess that firearm. This is a stupid law. Take it up with you on the plane and pay a dealer to transfer it to him.