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DangerousGoods
01-31-2012, 9:28 PM
I could use some advice on the rules of shipping my CA registered handgun to a gunsmith / FFL for some work in AZ. The shop says no problem for them shipping it back to me. But I am unsure on the rules shipping it to them.

Can I ship it myself or do I need to ship through a local FFL? If kosher to ship myself which carrier do you recommend. Any additional documentation?

Thank you for the help.

Ken

Mssr. Eleganté
01-31-2012, 10:23 PM
It's legal for you to ship it yourself. Your only two options are UPS and FedEx Express. FedEx Ground doesn't ship handguns. Both UPS and FedEx Express require you to ship handguns via one of their over night service levels. You also need to ship from an actual company owned shipping counter. You can't ship firearms from any of those independently owned franchise places like "The UPS Store" or FedEx Kinkos. Expect to pay between $60 to $80 for shipping.

tenpercentfirearms
02-01-2012, 6:49 AM
Expect to pay between $60 to $80 for shipping.

Are you sure? I thought it was closer to $30-$40 or are you talking about a DE or S&W500?

Mssr. Eleganté
02-01-2012, 7:34 AM
Are you sure? I thought it was closer to $30-$40 or are you talking about a DE or S&W500?

I just ran the numbers through the UPS shipping calculator and a Ruger MkIII going "Next Day Air Saver" from Orange to Prescott with $500 insurance and "Adult Signature Required" was $63. The same package to Geneseo, IL came out to $77. You might have a contract with UPS for discounted shipping charges.

tenpercentfirearms
02-01-2012, 9:35 AM
You might have a contract with UPS for discounted shipping charges.

Yes I think I ship enough I do get better rates now that you mention it.

kemasa
02-01-2012, 10:55 AM
You also need to ship from an actual company owned shipping counter. You can't ship firearms from any of those independently owned franchise places like "The UPS Store" or FedEx Kinkos.

FedEx Office, formally known as FedEx Kinkos, is a company owned location and there is no restriction from shipping a firearm from those locations that I am aware of. I just called FedEx to confirm this and was told that there are no restrictions on using FedEx Office with firearms.

The shipping policy for FedEx is:

http://www.fedex.com/us/service-guide/terms/express-ground/

Compare that to UPS, which specifically mentions that you can not ship from the UPS store, which is a franchise and I was told that ANY package is NOT considered as being received until and unless a UPS driver actually gets it:

http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/ship/packaging/guidelines/firearms.html

DangerousGoods
02-11-2012, 5:17 PM
FedEx Office, formally known as FedEx Kinkos, is a company owned location and there is no restriction from shipping a firearm from those locations that I am aware of. I just called FedEx to confirm this and was told that there are no restrictions on using FedEx Office with firearms.

The shipping policy for FedEx is:

http://www.fedex.com/us/service-guide/terms/express-ground/

Compare that to UPS, which specifically mentions that you can not ship from the UPS store, which is a franchise and I was told that ANY package is NOT considered as being received until and unless a UPS driver actually gets it:

http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/ship/packaging/guidelines/firearms.html

Thank you all for the info. UPS and FedEx have the same policies and prices.

I am going with UPS, since their local service center is close by and I feel more comfortable dropping it off there.

Thanks again,

Ken

snypr
02-13-2012, 6:36 PM
does a rifle also have to go 2nd day service, or can it go ground? I am sending an Amd65 back for service work and want to do the right thing....

kemasa
02-13-2012, 6:39 PM
A non-handgun can be shipped ground by any company (FedEx, UPS, etc.), including USPS.