Can you mail yourself your gun?

Can you mail yourself your gun?

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    Can you mail yourself your gun?

    Say you are going to a gun friendly state by jet. But for whatever reason you do not want to check your gun in your luggage.

    Can you send your gun to yourself via UPS/FedEx?
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    Legally? Short answer: No. I'm sure someone will expound...

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    Ok, this may be overly simplistic but you could separate the handgun slide or crank and ship them separately without compromise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saber View Post
    Ok, this may be overly simplistic but you could separate the handgun slide or crank and ship them separately without compromise.
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    The frame is considered a firearm by ATF. Accordingly, to be legal it has to be shipped as such, and that is overnight by FedX or USP. It cannot be shipped through the USPS except by a dealer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExactlyMyPoint View Post
    Say you are going to a gun friendly state by jet. But for whatever reason you do not want to check your gun in your luggage.

    Can you send your gun to yourself via UPS/FedEx?
    I know that this can be done with longguns. Hunters do it all the time, including mailing them c/o themselves @ their outfitters.

    I'm not sure about handguns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saber View Post
    Ok, this may be overly simplistic but you could separate the handgun slide or crank and ship them separately without compromise.
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    Don't mail (USPS) the receiver (the part with the serial number) any other way than you would then if it were the entire firearm...

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    Thats a good question. I was wanting to send my brother a hand gun from wa. state to california. Is it expensive?
    Is it even legal to send to Cal ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterbass View Post
    Thats a good question. I was wanting to send my brother a hand gun from wa. state to california. Is it expensive?
    Is it even legal to send to Cal ?
    NO! It is not legal unless he is an ffl. All handguns shipped interstate, from one individual to another, must go through an ffl at the receiving end under Federal law. The firearm and the person receiving it will also have to meet all California requirements.

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    OP: From http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/faq2.htm#b9

    B. UNLICENSED PERSONS
    (B9) May a nonlicensee ship firearms interstate for his or her use in hunting or other lawful activity? [Back]


    Yes. A person may ship a firearm to himself or herself in care of another person in the State where he or she intends to hunt or engage in any other lawful activity. The package should be addressed to the owner. Persons other than the owner should not open the package and take possession of the firearm.
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    Lots of good information, thanks to all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by XD in SC View Post
    OP: From ATF Online - Firearms FAQs

    B. UNLICENSED PERSONS
    (B9) May a nonlicensee ship firearms interstate for his or her use in hunting or other lawful activity? [Back]


    Yes. A person may ship a firearm to himself or herself in care of another person in the State where he or she intends to hunt or engage in any other lawful activity. The package should be addressed to the owner. Persons other than the owner should not open the package and take possession of the firearm.
    The key here is that this is not a sales transaction, or a legal ownership transfer, but you are only forwarding your gun to yourself in another location.... So no FFL required, N BTY FED X is more reliable for this type of thng than UPS....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryM View Post
    The frame is considered a firearm by ATF. Accordingly, to be legal it has to be shipped as such, and that is overnight by FedX or USP. It cannot be shipped through the USPS except by a dealer.

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    Thanks, but I did take note of the OP’s question, “Can you send your gun to yourself via UPS/FedEx?” Still, I didn’t mention overnight so I guess, my bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon J View Post
    The key here is that this is not a sales transaction, or a legal ownership transfer, but you are only forwarding your gun to yourself in another location.... So no FFL required, N BTY FED X is more reliable for this type of thng than UPS....
    Huh. I Stand corrected. Glad the OP asked!
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