- May 14, 2020
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That would be due to the manufacturer's policies...not the law, because the law is very clear. A non-licensed person can ship/mail a firearm to a repair facility and have it returned directly to them...no FFL needed. Then it would go to a licensee for a 4473 and BGC.I'm not doubting what your saying, but more than once I've had to ship a handgun through an FFL to a manufacturer for warranty or repair work, getting it back in the mail or by common carrier, don't remember which.
I was actually shocked and it happened twice.
One thing to keep in mind when shipping FedEx or UPS. Both companies require you to ship via an air method and to notify them you're sending a firearm. That's because federal law requires you to notify, in writing, a common carrier that you're shipping a firearm.
18 U.S.C. 922(e) It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to deliver or cause to be delivered to any common or contract carrier for transportation or shipment in interstate or foreign commerce, to persons other than licensed importers, licensed manufacturers, licensed dealers, or licensed collectors, any package or other container in which there is any firearm or ammunition without written notice to the carrier that such firearm or ammunition is being transported or shipped; except that any passenger who owns or legally possesses a firearm or ammunition being transported aboard any common or contract carrier for movement with the passenger in interstate or foreign commerce may deliver said firearm or ammunition into the custody of the pilot, captain, conductor or operator of such common or contract carrier for the duration of the trip without violating any of the provisions of this chapter. No common or contract carrier shall require or cause any label, tag, or other written notice to be placed on the outside of any package, luggage, or other container that such package, luggage, or other container contains a firearm.
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 their own state or to a licensee in any state.
The U.S. 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.