Question about shipping guns to an FFL

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Question about shipping guns to an FFL

Post by sixftunda on 9/10/2013, 9:53 pm

Why do some ffl's not allow shipments to come to them unless they come from another FFL?  

I was talking to someone tonight that I am going to ship a gun to and they had spoke to several ffl's and all of them said I would have to have my FFL ship it to them. 

You don't fill out a 4473 to ship/sell a gun. He simply logs it in and then logs it out. It means nothing or am I missing something?

A felon could ship/sell a gun to someone. The possession of it (by a felon) would be illegal but is it illegal to buy a gun from a felon?
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Post by Jerry Keefer on 9/11/2013, 8:19 am

I don't know their reasons, but I prefer to ship by USPS as opposed to the troublesome UPS/FedEx.
USPS must go FFL to FFL/Manufacturer/Dealer on USPS Form 1508.
It is hassle free and much cheaper for the same insurance protection.
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Re: Question about shipping guns to an FFL

Post by sixftunda on 9/11/2013, 8:23 am

Oh wow!  I have sent four guns through my local USPS and never needed anything except a copy of the destination FFL. In fact they told me if I were shipping to a well known place like Ruger or S&W, I wouldnt even need a copy of it. 
Never heard of a Form 1508 until now.
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Re: Question about shipping guns to an FFL

Post by DavidR on 9/11/2013, 9:21 am

Individuals are restricted from shipping handguns through the post office, although some big companies like Taurus tell you to do it if shipping a gun to them for repair. The reason  many FFLs dont want to except guns from individuals is the fear of getting stolen guns at least by going into a FFL, they have to produce valid id to be able to transfer.
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Post by Bullseye10X on 9/11/2013, 4:59 pm

I shipped a .40 Ruger auto a few months ago to a gunbroker buyer in FL.  I didn't realize at the time that handguns HAVE to ship overnight here in PA and the price to do that through UPS was $116.  You have to go to a UPS depot, you can't ship from a "UPS Store" broker, which was another PITA.  I had to ship it via USPS through my local FFL as you cannot ship USPS (only $25) unless you have a FFL.

All I needed from the dealer in FL was a copy of their FFL which I verified as valid via the BATFE website.  All they needed from me was a photocopy of my PA State ID (driver's license).  Then the FFL and the guy I sold it to handle everything else.  I was surprised I didn't have to "sign anything" effecting the transfer of the pistol.

Not sure how it works shipping in and between other States.

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Re: Question about shipping guns to an FFL

Post by Jerry Goldfarb on 9/12/2013, 4:09 pm

It's up to the receiving FFL if they will accept from an individual as long as a legible copy of their driver's license is enclosed.  USPS requires a 1058 filled out by an FFL, but do not require any other documentation such as copy of the license.
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