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Shipping handgun

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by mdfd, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. mdfd

    mdfd

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    what is the typical cost of shipping a handgun (say 4 lbs) from a private individual to an FFL?
    Does one legally have to declare it a firearm when sending?

    I've always bought and sold FTF and wanting to do things right strictly so looking for some insight here.
    TIA!:wavey:
     
  2. Palouse

    Palouse The Resistance Lifetime Member

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    It's a royal PITA.

    Because you're not a licensee, you can't ship it via the USPS. You have to go UPS or FedEx, which means it gets shipped one-day air. Depending on declared value, it can run you upwards of $70+.

    My local FFL will ship it for me via USPS Priority, and it usually runs me $30 for the fee. The problem with that is he may ship tomorrow, or he may ship sometime late next week.
     

  3. mdfd

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    so I was having this debate w/ someone. Is it illegal to ship the firearm w/o declaring it as such? I say yes b/c that's what my FFL told me but can anyone verify? How much trouble does one get into if they shipped it UPS Ground?:shocked:
     
  4. Palouse

    Palouse The Resistance Lifetime Member

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    http://pe.usps.com/text/Pub52/pub52c4_009.htm

    Have fun.

    You may find that it is illegal if you don't declare when mailing via the USPS, but it may only be against company policy with UPS and FedEx. I declare because I'm not going to lie to the person at the USP depot who asks me what's in the box.
     
  5. Ol Timer

    Ol Timer ↓ hog hunter ↓ Millennium Member

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    Fed says you must declare it a firearm unless it's going to the manufacturer.
     
  6. Rick O'Shay

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    When I shipped a pistol from SC to MO, UPS required "next day air", and it cost me $75ish.

    I bought a handgun from a dealer in NC, and it came to my FFL via USPS, and next day service was $34.

    :dunno::faint:

    I was told that, as a non-FFL, I couldn't ship the pistol through USPS. ???
     
  7. Fed Five Oh

    Fed Five Oh NRA Member

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    You were told correctly.
     
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    You got raped. I just paid $24 to ship a pistol from Columbia to an Arkansas FFL via UPS 2nd day air. I've shipped other pistols through the same UPS hub for the same price and 2nd day air. I've also shipped through them next day air for about $10 more. Yes, I told them they are pistols and they said as long as it goes air, first or second day doesn't matter.
     
  9. mdfd

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    thanks for the replies everyone - good to know!:wavey:
     
  10. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Holster Maker

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    Not raped, you just got an employee who does not know their own UPS Policy.:whistling:

    http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/ship/packaging/guidelines/firearms.html
    ETA: No chance in hell that you can ship a handgun next day air for $35.
     
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  11. W

    W Book 'em, Spock

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