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Posted: 3/20/2006 11:37:43 AM EDT
A friend asked me to do some work on his AR-15. Can I mail or ship it back to him legally without violating any laws? How do I go about doing that. Thanks

TXL


BTW, not crossing state lines.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 12:40:19 PM EDT
anyone?
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 8:30:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 8:32:09 PM EDT
no probs as long as it's in state. even out of state i think it would be ok because it's a repair, though i'd check on that because you're not an official "business"
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 8:39:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 4:05:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Combatvet:




wow, that's helpful


got any answers.

TXL
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 4:06:57 AM EDT
If you're in-state, no problem..

If you're out of state, I _BELIEVE_ (I could be wrong) that you must be an FFL or otherwise licensed gunsmith in order to receive it.

I know for a handgun you NEED to be an FFL...I don't know about a rifle.

Link Posted: 3/21/2006 4:25:11 AM EDT
I'm assuming you already have the weapon in your possession and the repairs are made and you want to send it back to the owner.

As a private person(non-FFL) you could legally ship the rifle directly to someone in the same state via private carrier like Fed-Ex.

I don't know exactly how this law applies if you are an FFL, but I know Bushmaster sent me two rifle's right to my front door -in NY no less- using UPS, actually it was the same rifle twice, on two separate occasions. I'm not sure if ALL FFL types can do this.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 2:21:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TxLewis:

Originally Posted By Combatvet:




wow, that's helpful


got any answers.

TXL




Thats as helpful as he gets these days...
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 2:29:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combatvet:



Actually, you're wrong. Shipping a firearm direct without an FFL is ok as long as work is being performed on the firearm. It is not changing ownership.

Link Posted: 3/21/2006 2:33:24 PM EDT
O.K. you guys are right. I'd ask the ATF and wouldn't take anyone's word on the internet.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 10:17:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Combatvet:
O.K. you guys are right. I'd ask the ATF and wouldn't take anyone's word on the internet.



From the ATF's website

(B8) May a nonlicensee ship a firearm through the U. S. Postal Service? [Back]


A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. A nonlicensee may not transfer any firearm to a nonlicensed resident of another state. The Postal Service recommends that longguns be sent by registered mail and that no marking of any kind which would indicate the nature of the contents be placed on the outside of any parcel containing firearms.
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