Shipping Your Firearm

Before getting ready to ship your firearm to us, please take some time to familiarize yourself with the below policies.   We prefer firearms, receivers, etc. be sent to us through FedEx. If you have any questions, please call us at (920) 430-0727 or email us at [email protected]

FedEx Firearms Policy:  Restrictions specific to FedEx SameDay (Excerpt):

2 (a): The following items are prohibited and will not be acceptable for shipment by FedEx SameDay service: Firearms.

Firearms.  FedEx will only accept shipments of firearms when either the shipper or recipient is a licensed manufacturer, licensed importer, licensed dealer or licensed collector and is not prohibited from making such shipments by federal, state or local regulations when these conditions are met. FedEx will accept and deliver firearms between all areas served in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Firearms must be shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight and may not be sent C.O.D. Upon presenting the package for shipment, the shipper is required to inform FedEx that the package contains a firearm. Firearms may not be shipped in one complete piece. When tendered for shipment, the firearm must be rendered inoperable, either by removing the firing pin in the gun and disconnecting the barrel, or by some other means so the package does not contain a completely assembled, usable weapon. The outside of the package should bear no label, marking, or other written notice that a firearm is contained within. This includes the abbreviation of the name of the shipper or recipient if the name would clearly indicate that the package could contain a firearm. Firearms and ammunition may not be shipped in the same package. Ammunition is always an explosive and must be shipped as Dangerous Goods. Signature release is not available for shipments containing firearms. The shipper and recipient are required to comply with all applicable government regulations and laws including those pertaining to labeling. The local division office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) can provide assistance with the packaging and shipment of firearms.

USPS:  4.0 Legal Opinions on Mailing Firearms where it states:

The United States Postal Inspection Service has released Handbook HBK IS-135, Firearms, approximately 94 pages in length.

The manual covers firearms policy, training and qualification standards, safety rules and range procedures, the Service Revolver, the Service Pistol, Fundamentals of Precision Shooting, Shotgun, Stun Weapon, Judgmental Firearms Training.

A copy may be obtained by sending a written Freedom of Information Act request, to:

United States Postal Inspection Service
Office of the Counsel – Information Disclosure
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW Room 3411
Washington, DC 20260-2181
phone: 202-268-4420
fax: 202-268-7741

Postmasters are not authorized to give opinions on the legality of any shipment of rifles or shotguns. Contact the nearest office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for further advice.

This brings us ultimately back to ATF, and a FAQ of their own:

May a non-licensee ship a firearm through the U. S. Postal Service?

A non-licensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. A non-licensee may not transfer any firearm to a non-licensed resident of another 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.

May a non-licensee ship a firearm by carrier?

A non-licensee may ship a firearm by carrier to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. In addition, Federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm and prohibits common or contract carriers from requiring or causing any label to be placed on any package indicating that it contains a firearm. [18 U. S. C. 922(a)( 2)( A) and 922( e), 27 CFR 178.31]

So, if you are not a licensee (an FFL-holder), you can send a handgun via common carrier, not the U.S. mail, and the recipient must be an FFL holder. If you are an FFL-holder, you can, with the filing of a Form 1508 (Statement by Shipper of Firearms) with your local post office, send a handgun through the mail. This Form must be filed for each individual shipment.

Finally, there’s one additional issue which is invariably asked about:

May a non-licensee ship firearms interstate for his or her use in hunting or other lawful activity?

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.