Mailing a Hangun

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by BDSTRICK, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. BDSTRICK

    BDSTRICK New Member

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    i recently had a relative pass who left me a handgun, my grandmother wants to send it to me in the mail. is this legal? im not sure what kind of gun it is or even whether or not it is a revolver. any advice or guidance is appreciated.
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    NO! She can send it UPS or Fedex to a receiving FFL on your end-
    BUT many of the mentioned officies will require OVERNIGHTING- Its not illeagal but its their policy-
    If there iss a FFL near her best for them to mail it to your FFL-
    Dont get me started on BATF laws & shipping companys policy :mad:

    UNLESS your in a state that allows interstate shipping (like Texas) but the shipping methods hold true on MODERN handguns-
     
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  3. BDSTRICK

    BDSTRICK New Member

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    im active military stationed in ks and my grandmother is in west texas. so thanks god bless
     
  4. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Stay safe my friend ;)
     
  5. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    I know people who have done it in the past, but I would not recommend it!
     
  6. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    Why would you even mention that?

    So, you say you know felons?


    Have your grandmother send it fedex express 2 day to Quantico Tactical in Junction City.
    You will have to pay a transfer fee to get it from QT.
     
  7. BDSTRICK

    BDSTRICK New Member

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    ive looked up the ffls in my area and some are peoples homes, pawn shops, gunsmiths etc. who should i go to?
     
  8. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    My bet is on a gun shop or a gunsmith.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i'm with mulie, gun shop, gunsmith or even a pawnshop. not to say that a person running a home FFL business is any less trustworthy, but in this instance, better to deal with a person in a real business.
     
  10. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Don't you think you should say "Hi" to Grandma? What are you saving your vacation time for?
     
  11. dmp

    dmp New Member

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    How about you break it into pieces and mail the separate boxes? FedEx ships very secure.
     
  12. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    The serial numbered frame alone is still considered a firearm according to the BATFE.
    That part still has to go through an FFL.
     
  13. dmp

    dmp New Member

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    ...even if I mail parts to myself? If I own a weapon, and the weapon is at my In-laws, can they not mail my weapon to me? FFL should only be required in a transfer. Since the weapon in question 'belongs' to Grammy, there's no transfer happening, no?
     
  14. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    NO- Its not who owns what-
    Its what & where & how its being sent
    UNLESS you live in the same state where its legal to ship to a legal resident of the same state (again)
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    IMO, the small fee paid to an FFL for the transfer could be way cheaper than legal fees to skirt the issue. my advice, have granny mail the gun legally to an FFL and pay the transfer fee, or drive to grannies and pick it up. when you start crossing state lines and dealing with different states laws regarding firearms, make better sense to just deal with an FFL and let him advise on the proper way to do it.
     
  16. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    Are you half tard for full tard:rolleyes:
    The frame with the serial # is the part that requires the trail. You can't just ship it in parts and slide by. You can make it smaller still the same prison time if you don't do it right. FedEx delivers to prison as well so at least you will get your very secure mail there. :D
     
  17. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    You may only ship a long gun intrastate. No handguns.

    You are stationed in Kansas. You are in the military. You are a free citizen of the US.


    Hows about you toss all that in the ****ter just to save a few bucks?
     
  18. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Shipping firearms-

    When transferring the ownership of a gun across a state line, the gun must go TO a FFL in the home state of the person receiving it. There IS an exception for inherited firearms- the EXECUTOR of the estate CAN ship them directly to the person named in the will IF possession of that gun is legal in that state.

    If ownership is NOT being transferred, then a FFL is not required. I am going hunting in Montana, live in VA. I can ship my rifle to myself in care of Big Sky Lodge, Antelope Ear, Mt.

    Finding a FFL- Both Gunbroker and Auction Arms have a "find a FFL" function on their home pages- FFLs that have registered as being willing to act as a transfer agent for a fee.

    Shipping- Unloaded rifles and shotguns CAN be mailed by US Mail. Says so in the Domestic Mail Manual, chapter 14, restricted mailings. HANDGUNS may not be mailed except by a Dealer or Manufacturer.

    Rifles, shotguns, and handguns can be SHIPPED by UPS or FedEx. They both require that HANDGUNS be sent Next day Air- which is VERY expensive. You are better off finding a Dealer you can pay to MAIL it for you. Again, if ownership is changing it must go TO a FFL. I can send a gun to Remington (a Manufacturer FFL) for repair, and they CAN return my gun directly to me, or a replacement "like kind" gun. Ownership did not change.

    It is a violation of Federal law to deposit a firearm with a common carrier for shipment and NOT inform them it is a gun unless you are a FFL holder. You cannot mail a gun in parts- the receiver IS legally the gun.

    Antique firearms are those made prior to 1899, OR guns that use loose ball and powder. They do not have to go to a FFL, and CAN be mailed (unloaded)

    If you want to play games with the Postal Inspectors, I will NOT send you a carton of menthol cigarettes while you are in prison. They have the highest conviction rate of any Federal Agency.

    Yes, there ARE rare exceptions to the above- most folks do not fall into the categories.

    You can read this yourself- very long read- in Title 18 US Code Section 922. There are ALSO state laws that may apply in your state- like NY requires that handguns be shipped INTO New York by a FFL and go TO a FFL.
     
  19. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    In Texas either can be shipped between legal Texas residents