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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2014, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Shipping a shotgun

I am going to my friends in North Dakota in a few weeks and plan on hunting pheasants. My questions is, is it legal to ship my shotgun either FedEx or UPS to him in advance so I don't have to check it in at the airport?
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Re: Shipping a shotgun

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-21-2014, 01:11 AM
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Re: Shipping a shotgun

+1 But use the post office...might be easier/cheaper.
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Re: Shipping a shotgun

if you mention its a gun, say "gun parts" because then if you say " its just a shotgun im sending out so we can go shooting" 9 times out of 10 the teller is going to refuse it.

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They can't refuse it. Don't have the link handy but print out the regs and take them with you to the shipper. We ship guns all the time at work. USPS is the easiest.
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Re: Shipping a shotgun

I have only had the USPS ask me if it was fragile, hazardous, or perishable.
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Re: Shipping a shotgun

We had a post master here for years, that refused to ship long guns for anyone that wasn't an FFL holder.

That was his personal interpretation of USPS regs and no one could shake him on it. Yet several other local POs would ship long guns with no issues.

Not even a shipping label for a pre-approved return to a warranty repair facility, would change his mind. If someone wasn't an FFL, he would not send a long gun.

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Re: Shipping a shotgun

You will have no problem if you send it to a FFL near the location of your hunt. Be sure it is well packed in a solid container, like a poly gun case. I have had issues with the USPS on guns broken in transit.

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Re: Shipping a shotgun

Send it to yourself c/o your friend...

Break the gun down and wrap the pieces in bubble wrap so it cannot move around inside the case and pack enough filler material in the outer box so the case can't move around....
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Re: Shipping a shotgun

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We had a post master here for years, that refused to ship long guns for anyone that wasn't an FFL holder.

That was his personal interpretation of USPS regs and no one could shake him on it. Yet several other local POs would ship long guns with no issues.

Not even a shipping label for a pre-approved return to a warranty repair facility, would change his mind. If someone wasn't an FFL, he would not send a long gun.
Does he still have his job? With a guy like that I would have just kept going up the chain until he was educated or replaced.
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