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Old 12-15-2012, 07:03 PM   #1
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My brother in law moved down here a few years ago for collage and recently graduated with his masters.
When he moved down he left 2-3 shotguns that he owns with his parents and is always borrowing mine.

So for a graduation gift me and my sister were wondering if we can have his parents ship his down without having to do FFL since he already owns them?

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Old 12-15-2012, 07:10 PM   #2
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I know of a dealer who shipped a rifle through the US postal system and the postal employees were aware of it. Strange!

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I googled it and this seems to be the best I could find, I hope it helps
Btw if for some reason the link doesn't work they say UPS or Fed Ex
http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=484367

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the way i understand to be legal the owner of the firearm has to ship it to himself. anyone else shipping it to another person requires a ffl on the recieving end. so family member shipping "your" gun to you i think constitutes requiring a ffl. but im not 100% sure

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Thanks for help guys

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On warranty shipment by acompany they recently sent it to me w/o FFL directly to my house.

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The issue is transfer of ownership. If no transfer of ownership, does not need a FFL.

For RIFLES and SHOTGUNS- they can be mailed by US Mail by a private citizen. Be certain they are not loaded. HANDGUNS may not be mailed except by a Dealer or Manufacturer.

In the case of a firearm sent for service, it can be returned directly to the owner without going thru a dealer- no transfer of ownership. The Mfgr can also say "Sorry your gun broke- it is under warranty- here is a new gun of the same type." THAT does not need a FFL either.

18 US Code, section 922. Long, dry read, but it is tucked in there.

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Cool thanks C3

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C3 I truly am in awe of your understanding of gun law, I think I am going to dedicate myself to learning the law and knowing it as well as you do.

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C3,

can the parents fedex the son's own handgun to him in a different state?

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