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best way to ship several shotguns fron ILL to TX

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by RMR, Mar 18, 2013.

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  1. RMR

    RMR Member

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    After my dad passed away last year - he left behind about 5-6 guns- most are shotguns, that my mom wants me to have for sentimental resons.

    What is going to be the most effective way to transfer those guns ??- other than driving up there and driving back to TX.

    If I ship via UPS or FED Ex - dont the guns need to go to a FFL dealer?? I just cant have my mom mail them to my home address in tx - or can I

    Thanks

    Bob
     
  2. docbombay

    docbombay Well known trouble maker

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    You can!

    You can have mom ship them to you via USPS. I have shipped shotguns via priority mail many times.

    Doc
     
  3. thomaslea1

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    Be careful here. If the guns have been left to you they are technically yours now. Therefore they can be shipped from you to you without a problem. You are allowed to mail long guns to an FFL, repair facility, manufacturer or yourself with no problem. If the guns are technically your mothers you might want to consider having them shipped to a local FFL of yours. That will definately keep you legal.
    Just mailed one (to an FFL) and USPS quoted $18.50 or so and FEDEX did it for $13.50.
     
  4. W.P.T.

    W.P.T. TS Member

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    Have her send them directly to you, you can call and get all of the rates right over the phone ... Then make your choice and run with it ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  5. spitter

    spitter Well-Known Member TS Supporters

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    PM sent,

    jay
     
  6. cafowler

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    Are they high end guns. You may want to consider the value and give Mom a list to make sure they are insured for the correct amount. I've had good luck using Fedex a number of times. I'd hate to hear you inhereted a Perazzi that got broke in half during shippin and Mom didn't know what it's worth & forgot to buy insurance when shipping. I'd advise they be all packaged up before going into ship them, the Fedex/UPS kids behind the counter get all freaked out when you tell them it's a gun, warn her about this.

    Hope this helps.
     
  7. EuroJoe

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    USPS, registered and insured, 25,000 max insurance available, ship to yourself. PO can't ask, and you don't have to tell them if they do.
     
  8. postmastertim

    postmastertim Wheels are falling off.... TS Supporters

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    The PO should ask:

    "Is there anything fragile, liquid, perishable or potentially hazardous such as lithium batteries or perfume in this package?"

    From the DMM 432.1:

    "The Postal Service may require the mailer to open the parcel or give written certification that the weapon is unloaded and not concealable."

    You are required to know the PO's regulations in regard to what you are shipping, whatever the person on the counter or on here tells you is irrelevant.

    DMM 433 Mailer Responsibility
    "Even though certain types of firearms are permitted to be mailed within the provisions of the postal law in 18 U.S.C. 1715, it is the mailer’s responsibility to comply with all federal and state regulations and local ordinances affecting the movement of firearms."

    Go ahead and ship a firarm not within the regulations and your insurance is worthless, plus you leave yourself open to prosecution.

    Shipping firearms through the PO should be as simple as mailing a basket of fruit to grandma.


    Tim
     
  9. merlynstrapguns

    merlynstrapguns Well-Known Member

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    Go visit your Mother. You only get one. And the shipping is safer...merlyn
     
  10. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Go get them, it's not that far from IL to TX. What you'll spend in shipping costs will likely cover what it'll cost you in gas.
     
  11. GBatch_25

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    Bob:

    If she's near Wheaton and needs help packaging them, let me know. Happy to help. I also have a very reliable FFL nearby. PM me.

    Gene in Illinois
     
  12. Kolar233

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    What Merlyn said.
     
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