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Shipping Firearms

Discussion in 'Informational & Technical Archives' started by ruffitt, Feb 24, 2003.

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    nevada paul
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    I have agreed with a gunsmith in a neighboring state about the rebarreling of one of my rifles. He suggests I send him the rifle, but then my local UPS agent tells me I must have his signed FFL.

    I checked the BATF site on this issue, it appears to me that either USPS or any common carrier (UPS) can accept and ship a long gun from any lawful owner to any FFL holder without benefit of a signed FFL.

    Anyone have any experience or suggestions with this?


    Bob In St Louis
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    If you specify that the firearm is being "shipped to a licensed FFL for repair", and it is double boxed, or in a hard case within a cardboard box, UPS should take it for shipment. However, we have often had discussions on this - local UPS clerks and supervisors are often ignorant of the regulations and will tell you "NO"!

    At my local UPS, when I go in the door, if I see a particular clerk at the desk, I just turn around and leave, come back later. The jerk still gives me a hard time even though I have a C&R FFL - he just does not want to handle firearms. The other guys that work there are no problem.
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    Tac401
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    just call UPS for a pick up at your location, it will
    be a few bucks cheaper too!

    Welcome Aboard nevada paul!
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    Edited by: Tac401 at: 3/7/02 4:21:28 pm

    LIKTOSHOOT
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    Well, allow me to stir this a small amount. Hope the clerk does not know the law......lets talk UPS policies (rules) Granted most don`t know their companies policies on this, but! UPS and Fed-Ex require ALL firearms be shipped and received buy FFL`s.....spank me if you like, but those are their rules and clerks know little more than how to punch a clock, some have string afixed to their car, in order to find their way back home. Use USPS for this adventure. LTS

    Tac401
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    I agree with LTS, use the Post Office, we strictly
    ship all of our firearms via the Postal Service, it's
    much safer too.

    Send it registered insured with return Receipt!
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    Bob In St Louis
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    Hey - I think Polishshooter has some shot-out Mosin Nagant barrels that have been used as prybars - ship it to him for a barrel replacement and you will get a gun pretzel back! Guaranteed Polish craftsmanship!
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    nevada paul
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    Thanks for all the informed input. Sounds like USPS is the safe and hassle free way to go. Never thought a government agency would be more safe and hassle free than its free enterprise counterpart. Sad state for UPS!

    Xracer
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    Hi nevada paul......and welcome to TFF!

    deadeye006
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    Welcome, nevada paul! Kick back, relax, and stay a while.


    Darla so Dreadly
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    (3/7/02 7:27:25 pm)
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    for the record, I prefer the post office over any other corporate owned method of shipping

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