I want to dropship handguns & rifles

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by SGElimited, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. SGElimited

    SGElimited New Member

    I'm an experienced dropshipper in bike parts and other electronic goods such as phones, laptops etc. I have been dropshipping these items for years.

    But is it possible to dropship weapons in the US from my website in the UK? For example I advertise the guns on my website, buyers in the US will purchase and I'll just get my supplier to ship the items straight?

    There is a lot of money in the weapons industry and with the world becoming more and more unstable I'm hoping to cash in on the opportunity (only joking I'm not evil)

    What obstacles are there? Licenses...law... anything else and ways to bypass them?
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    For a start, you ARE looking at a maze of laws, both US and UK. Disclaimer- I am not a lawyer, but am a gun collector, and know a bit of this. However, legal advice I give you is worth every penny you are paying me for it-:)

    First, under US law, the receiver (frame) of a gun IS the gun. To be engaged in the business here of selling complete guns OR receivers, you must be licensed as a Dealer by the US govt. So your dropshipper in the US would need to be a Dealer, and ship TO a Dealer in the buyer's home state- IF the dropshipper is in the US.

    If your shipper is NOT in the US, a license is required here by the IMPORTER of firearms. You cannot ship directly to a dealer OR purchaser from outside the US unless they have that license. Imported firearms may be stamp marked with the name and address of the importer, and caliber. Got provisions for THAT?

    Now that we have the legalities out of the way, let's talk practicality.

    If I buy a gun from you, I will have to pay shipping, and pay a fee to the Dealer that receives it. When added to the cost of the gun, would the transaction be economical?

    Next, not having come to know and love you for the truly wonderful human being that you are, if I were not satisfied with the transaction- what is my recourse? If I send you money, what guarantee that I get what I ordered?

    Next, do you have a drop shipping firm that knows the assorted US firearm laws- and knows that a Model X cannot be sold to a resident of Maryland, but that a model Y can?

    Now, I DO purchase firearms from US sellers in other areas, my decision based on photos, description, and THE RECORD OF THE SELLER. Different auction sites list the feedback record of the sellers- If 165 other people left you positive feedback for sales to them, odds are you will treat me right. What would you have that is the electronic equivalent of your reputation?

    And last- what do you have to sell that I cannot buy from a US firm now? Not meant to be insulting, but a serious question.

  3. CourtJester

    CourtJester Well-Known Member

    What kind of bikes? I need a good street fighter head light for a Honda.

    And I don't have $hit for insight on your question.
  4. SGElimited

    SGElimited New Member

    Shooter thanks for your input friend.