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#5836383 - 07/17/15 03:48 PM Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ?
Bassic Offline


Registered: 05/31/09
Posts: 196
Loc: Forney TX.
I thought I could if is in Texas !

Is a private sale ! Any input are welcome

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#5836386 - 07/17/15 03:55 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Bassic]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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Registered: 03/22/11
Posts: 2090
Loc: West Virginia
May a nonlicensee ship a firearm through the U.S. Postal Service?

A nonlicensee may not transfer a firearm to a non-licensed resident of another State. A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own State or to a licensee in any State. The Postal Service recommends that long guns be sent by registered mail and that no marking of any kind which would indicate the nature of the contents be placed on the outside of any parcel containing firearms. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun.

[18 U.S.C. 1715, 922(a)(3), 922(a)(5) and 922 (a)(2)(A)]

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#5836391 - 07/17/15 04:00 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Bassic]
Bassic Offline


Registered: 05/31/09
Posts: 196
Loc: Forney TX.
Thanks ! Just left UPS the guy refuse to send it !!

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#5836403 - 07/17/15 04:10 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Bassic]
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Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 2721
Loc: The Woodlands, Tx
The local UPS drop-off places usually won't accept them. You have to go to a regional place.
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#5836407 - 07/17/15 04:12 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Bassic]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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Registered: 03/22/11
Posts: 2090
Loc: West Virginia
I never tell the shipping service that I have a firearm, I have had them refuse me as well when I told them. Even though I was within the law and their regulations.

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#5836544 - 07/17/15 06:36 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Bassic]
WileyCoyote Offline
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Registered: 09/01/04
Posts: 5150
Loc: The Dogwood Capital of Texas
USPS can do it, must be in an umarked box, download and PRINT the USPS regs as shwon in the Gun Broker tutorial and take them with you.

My post office has refused, refused to confused by reading a copy of their own Regs...so I go into the next nearest town and never gat a raised eyebrow either for In State or Out of State shipping...this is on Long guns Only ....with slightly different Regs on handguns.

UPS can ship but can only accept from a "regional Hub location" and theres usually one in every county...ours is in Sherman and only open to customer dropoffs M-F 4:30 to 6pm. Once again no muss no fuss and the good guy at the UPS counter collects mil surp rifles and spends more time talking guns than anything else smile
Ron
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#5836672 - 07/17/15 08:19 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: WileyCoyote]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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Registered: 03/22/11
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Originally Posted By: WileyCoyote
USPS can do it, must be in an umarked box, download and PRINT the USPS regs as shwon in the Gun Broker tutorial and take them with you.

My post office has refused, refused to confused by reading a copy of their own Regs...so I go into the next nearest town and never gat a raised eyebrow either for In State or Out of State shipping...this is on Long guns Only ....with slightly different Regs on handguns.

UPS can ship but can only accept from a "regional Hub location" and theres usually one in every county...ours is in Sherman and only open to customer dropoffs M-F 4:30 to 6pm. Once again no muss no fuss and the good guy at the UPS counter collects mil surp rifles and spends more time talking guns than anything else smile
Ron


USPS does not ship handguns at all.

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#5836791 - 07/17/15 09:34 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Bassic]
BassCat'99 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/13
Posts: 1142
Loc: Stratford Texas
I use FedEx, they don't ask..I don't tell. never had a problem
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#5836808 - 07/17/15 09:43 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Colt W. Knight]
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Registered: 12/15/13
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Loc: Cooke County, Texas
Originally Posted By: Colt W. Knight
USPS does not ship handguns at all.


....unless you hold an FFL and you use overnight OR you don't hold and FFL and the manufacturer sends a pre-paid USPS overnight box to send the fARM to them for repair, etc.....plus a couple more caveats to the most difficult yet needed shipping entity.
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#5836839 - 07/17/15 09:57 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: GasGuzzler]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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Registered: 03/22/11
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Loc: West Virginia
I didn't know USPS shipped handguns for FFLs.

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#5836893 - 07/17/15 10:28 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Bassic]
TX Hntr Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 167
Loc: Lampasas
UPS is tough. They are not for it.
US Postal Service can and will without question, in small town like Lampasas.
I've been 20 questioned in Waco and Woodway.
FedEx is the better choice.

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#5836929 - 07/17/15 11:06 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Bassic]
WileyCoyote Offline
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Registered: 09/01/04
Posts: 5150
Loc: The Dogwood Capital of Texas
My previous local USPS POstMaster cited the Handgun rules to me for the better part of a half hour, waving them around like he was swatting a bumblebee, at the top of his lungs, declaring he would not go to prison for me...when I asked him about shipping a Ruger 10-22 rifle out of state...the numbnutz tole me I had to go find his BinL who was an ex Leo and the only FFL he knew in town, that I had to pay him to ship my rifle for me, before he called the cops on me ...when there had been a FFL standing in front of him for the first 10-15 minutes trying to get a word in edgewise...next week I went to Denison when I had the gun packed and ready to ship and it took longer to get the surprised smile off my face than it did to do the transaction...without a word said about the contents. I'm never surprised easily anymore at anything USPS folks do or say.
Ron
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#5836965 - 07/18/15 12:10 AM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Bassic]
5 Stand Dan Offline
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Registered: 06/23/12
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Loc: DFW
It's not that confusing, but you do need to be able to read.

A long gun can be sent in the US mail from a non FFL to a non FFL within the the same state. Send it registered mail, in a box that does not say "firearm all over it", a plain box.

If you want to use UPS, don't go to a UPS Store, go to a UPS Customer Center.

Handguns have different rules, but the OP asked about a rifle.
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#5837274 - 07/18/15 11:22 AM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Bassic]
Bassic Offline


Registered: 05/31/09
Posts: 196
Loc: Forney TX.
Thanks for the input ! I'm going to a different location Monday I will report back

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#5837406 - 07/18/15 01:05 PM Re: Can I ship a bolt action rifle in regular mail or UPS ? [Re: Bassic]
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 3204
Loc: San Angelo
Yes. Go to the ATF website and look at their faq.
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