Moving to Alaska

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by pwg212, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. pwg212

    pwg212 New Member

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    Can anyone tell me what is the easiest way to ship my handguns to Alaska, please.

    Thanks in advance for any info
     
  2. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    By common carrier courier? UPS, FedEx via an FFL!?
     

  3. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If I were flying there I would check them at the airport. It is an interesting question though; can you legally ship your own firearm to yourself, across state lines?
     
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  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    lot depends on where you are starting from, how you intend to move and how many firearms there are to move. might be a good idea to check with a lawyer on the legalities if using a shipping method, but if you plan on driving and moving your property with you, and if i am not mistaken, Alaska is pretty tolerant on gun issues and one state that is the gun owners friend. if driving, i don't see why you couldn't pack then very nicely and secure and just take them with you. but as i said before, might check with a lawyer and have him or her steer you in the right direction.
     
  5. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My first thought was, "why not just drive them?" There may be an issue with crossing an international border with handguns. The Canadians, might not like it.
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    that is part of the reason i suggested he contact a lawyer. even though he is going to another United States territory, (Alaska) he would still have to cross through Canada which is another country and also requires a passport to go across the borders. i feel contacting a lawyer would be in his best interests to remain legal and not be in danger of his firearms being taken or being arrested for friearms violations.
     
  7. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but you need to be there to receive it. You can leave tehm with a gunshop that you trust, and have them drop them off for you on the date you want them shipped. Handguns do have to go next day. Shipping gets expensive.
     
  8. michigan0626

    michigan0626 New Member

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    Id say flying would be the easiest solution.
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    You MAY ship firearms to yourself across a state line- no transfer of ownership. Handguns may only be shipped by UPS and FedEx Next Day Air unless you are a FFL.

    You can check the Canadian Customs website- here is some direction- http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/gunstocanada.htm

    There ARE restrictions, paperwork and permits for transporting guns through Canada. Some you will not be allowed to bring through. Years ago it was simple- you declared the handgun, Canadian Customs would put it in a plastic bag, seal bag with a stamped lead seal, and give you a transit permit. Show that and unbroken seals when leaving. IT DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY ANY LONGER.

    Your best bet- find a FFL at your current home, have him hold them until you notify him, and have him ship them to you. THEY can use US Mail for handguns. Again, there is no transfer of ownership, and he can return the guns to you with no 4473, etc etc.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    with flying, you have to deal with TSA! they can be a bunch of pricks when it comes to firearms. i know i would never trust them to know the laws as they apply to firearms nor have the common sense to apply them as they were written.
     
  11. Cinderocka1989

    Cinderocka1989 Well-Known Member

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    They didn't give me any problems although all I had was a single pistol in a safe, no ammo. He had me open the safe looked in it, put a tag inside my bag stating there was a firearm in the safe and said you're good to go.
     
  12. Overkill0084

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    If all else fails, drive on to a ferry in Seattle or Bellingham, drive off in Alaska.
    http://www.alaska.com/travel/

    Worth investigating anyway.

    Last I knew, AK gun laws were not restrictive. The hard part is avoiding Canada.
    DO check with a Lawyer versed in firearms law before embarking on any trip with your firearms. Much will depend on how many firearms your moving. Just a couple? Simple. Large collection? It can get complicated or expensive, or both. NFA items? See your lawyer.
     
  13. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    pwg,

    I would highly not recommend going through the hassle of transporting your weapons through Canada! And especially the handguns. It is a legal hassle. When Canadian Law Enforcement Officers came to the states for training they used the agencies weapons here in the USA and bought ammunition here in the states to use for the training due to the hassle of even them bringing their duty weapons with them. You know! State Department and all!.BOOOO! Ship them through a dealer in Alaska. But arrange the cost with the dealer first for his services.
    As stated Fed X or UPS!
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  14. Polygon

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    You, personally can ship it UPS or FedEx. But it will cost you. Only an FFL can send it via UPS which is the cheapest way and that would be my suggestion.
     
  15. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Axxe, may I ask how old you are?
    You seem to have a lot of opinions that are just way off target. I'm coming to the realization you are gonna get people jailed or killed. In just this one thread, for example: nothing you've written is realistic.
     
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  16. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Dupe posting.
     
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  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    what is unrealistic about consulting with a lawyer in regards to making sure that he is in compliance with the law in regards to moving his firearms? seems as i wasn't the only one who suggested that. if anything i am trying to give information that would keep him from getting arrested or his firearms taken. where are my opinions off target? please clarify if you can!